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Amish: Contemporary Life

by fernshaw , December 30, 2009—12:00 AM


The Amish lifestyle has always been a great subject of artists and photographers and that continues today. My experiences have discovered many variations to different geographic Amish communities. Here in northeastern Ohio they are still committed farmers and craftsmen. I started trying to sneak candid photos of these independent and proud people as reference for my paintings. I found myself wanting to portray their reality, in photos, rather than clich__ artistic representations. See attached photo. Their life is certainly guided by traditional religious and philosophical beliefs, but today you can find trampolines, and many modern toys and tools to keep them viable as citizens and a vibrant community. If you would like to discuss watercolor or photo commissions, please contact us for estimate and details. Thank you.



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