Through the Lens: Capturing the Sweet Essence of Hood River’s Cherry Country.
In the heart of Oregon’s picturesque Hood River, I recently had the incredible opportunity to photograph a captivating assignment for an esteemed travel magazine, 1859 Oregon’s Magazine. The focus? An intimate exploration of a cherry orchard, Hood River Cherry Co., owned by a passionate local, Kathyrn Klein, where every frame told a story of agriculture, community, and the vibrant spirit of the region.
The journey began amidst the rolling hills and blossoming orchards of Hood River. From the moment I set foot in the cherry orchard, it was evident that this was more than just a farm—it was a labor of love. The owner’s dedication to cultivating the finest cherries shone through, creating a visual feast for my lens.
One of the most rewarding aspects of the assignment was getting to know the owner—a steward of the land and a true embodiment of the region’s agricultural heritage. Through candid conversations and shared moments, I gained insights into the challenges and joys of running a cherry orchard in this corner of Oregon.
The orchard was a canvas that changed with the seasons, each phase offering a distinct palette for my camera. From the delicate blossoms of spring to the rich red hues of ripe cherries in the summer sun, I aimed to capture the cyclical beauty that defines the agricultural rhythm of Hood River.
Witnessing the images in the glossy pages of the travel magazine was a surreal experience. The journey from the orchard to the publication brought the narrative full circle, and I’ll delve into the emotions that accompanied seeing the visual story unfold in print.
Hood River—the tight-knit community, the cultural richness, and the seamless integration of agriculture into the local way of life. The assignment was not just about cherries; it was a celebration of the symbiotic relationship between the land and its people.
You can read the full story on the 1859 website.