By Mikal Jakubal
Spent the morning at a somewhat typical homestead down a typical dirt road in SoHum, filming three generations of women and girls in the garden planting out the pot plants and tending the vegetable garden. Recorded stories of how they got here, some wild tales in the early days and what things are like now. A new addition was being added to the house, so there was frequently a compressor and other construction noise in the background. It could have been a nightmare, but I went in and filmed some of the work in order to have a reference for the noise. It hardly fits the picture of the idyllic, quiet country life without that explanatory shot.
This was the first shoot at the home of this participant. I had other things scheduled this morning as well, so I thought this would be a short intro shoot. But, she and her family were so photogenic and so full of the greatest stories, that the shoot went for hours. Now spending the afternoon offloading the footage and charging the batteries for another shoot this evening and still another one early tomorrow morning. Once I get everything processed, I’ll retell a few of the best stories here, so stay tuned.