Pumpkin Hunters

 
 

Growing up I never had the pleasure of enjoying Holidays. It's not that I wasn't allowed to, but both of my parents not being born or even understanding American traditions sort of rubbed off on me. Because of this I was void of the experience of going to a pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins as a child. The first time I actually did this was when I was in college at the age of 23. 

Recently, my good friend Kaleb Edge and his girlfriend invited me out to experience my second pumpkin patch/carving experience at the humble age of 27. We ended up going to the Red Barn Farm in Weston, MO. 

 
Pumpkin Hunting.
 
 
 

After looking around and searching forever I found the perfect one. It was a little dude that was being covered by vines. It had grown so perfectly, sitting on it's base in a sea of pumpkins that were growing on its sides. 

 
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After finding our pumpkins I wanted to make a group photo of our findings. I love making images like this. Unfortunately it always looks ridiculous to people not involved because everyone has to get very close and it's actually a really unnatural behavior to see.

 
Why y’all starin’ at yer feets?
 

To Kaleb and Tif, thanks for inviting me out to the patch for the second time in my life. 

 
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Pumpkin Carvers
 

Naturally, after finding our pumpkins it was time to carve them up.  I had no intentions of photographing the process because I was so wrapped up in trying to figure out what I was going to carve. Also because the process of gutting a pumpkin is stupid slimy.

After finishing our carvings we took them outside and put candles in them. After looking at the what we had all created I decided I should probably make images of them but it was pitch black and I had no camera lights. 

So instead, I used one of there Halloween decorations. They had some two decoration that they bought at Dillons. The first piece was a head with two sort of bright LEDs that cycled colors. The second half was the body that had two really dull red LEDs on its buttons. So I placed the head in the back as a rim for the pumpkins and grass and used the body to subtly fill the front of the pumpkins.

 
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Also, here's a process photo to show you how ghetto this light setup actually was. You don't need fancy to make images. Always pay attention to the light around you.

 
 

So there it is. The second time in my life I've ever been to a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin. I never thought I'd enjoy this process as much as I did. I also never thought I'd ever photograph pumpkins lit by Halloween decorations from Dillons. 

 
Keep life simple. Keep life dope.
 

—T.H.

 
 
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