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(b)On July 2, 2002, photojournalist Scott Strazzante spent the afternoon together with suburban Chicago cattle farmer Harlow Cagwin watching his last moments at the farmhouse he’d survived for 75 yearsago.

Harlow and his wife, Jean, were scrambling to pack the last of their possessions as a building crew waited out to flat their carpeted home to generate way for a high-density subdivision.

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This afternoon culminated Scott’s eight-year documentation of this Cagwins’ life and finished the first half of their job Common Ground. He’d finally initiate the job again to picture the Grabenhofer family that moved only feet.

(b)“I visualized a thousand times the way I will record the last minutes of the Cagwins’ period around the farm,” explained Scott. “But, clearly, reality occurred differently than anything I’d imagined.”

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Scott recalls that since Jean and Harlow stepped off their concrete porch to the midday sunlight, the only noise to be discovered was that the motor beginning to the excavator. From the time it had been made by the Cagwins into the center of their lawn, a huge hole was punctured in their bedroom.

Jean wandered off to shoot photographs of their razing together with her disposable camera, plus Harlow settled onto a felled tree to see a life of memories be reduced to rubble. It was then that this picture would be taken by Scott.

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He remained with Harlow as he invested 20 moments viewing the excavator knock down the house wall from wall. Finally Harlow gathered his ideas, gazed down toward the ground and headed off toward his truck and also into a residence that was new.

“My photographic objective is to outline a story, a sense, a problem in 1 framework,” explained Scott. “This picture is just as close in my own 30 year-long career I have come to achieving that mission”

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The picture now is vital to Scott both professionally and personally. It gave him close on Jean and Harlow Cagwin to his photograph story. It was an emotional day capping off an emotional month for 2 individuals which he’d come to enjoy. Through time, he became not only a dispassionate observer however part of the loved ones.

“Among the things which I’ve recognized being a newspaper photographer is that papers do an extremely bad job of documenting everyday life”

“Yes, we’re there in case your home burns down or should you win a state championship,” explained Scott. “We will appear if you’re protesting a war or even come to your house if your child is beating a serious disability, but if you’re simply an ordinary, everyday Joe, then we’ve got no time for you personally.”

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“I know that newsgathering, like most companies, is a multi purpose endeavor and several organizations follow the mantra ‘If it bleeds, it leads,’ but that does not mean I need to agree with this.”

With these notions in your mind, Scott has consistently skewed his private work to record everyday life — shooting street photography using his iPhone, photographing in people’s kitchens — the dull seconds.

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That is the reason why in (**********************************************), even when he had been sent to Cagwin’s cattle farm to get a two-hour mission, he understood he needed to come back. And he did. Over and over again for nine decades.

Within the next years, since the Cagwins worked and adored, Scott learned more about life than he ever might have guessed. “I was discovering universal truths at what others could see as trivial minutes, and all of the while I was gradually turning into a historian,” Scott stated. “I had been telling the history of this Cagwins and their territory, chronicling a method of life that’s gradually going away”

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Following his days using the Cagwins finished in 2002, Scott continued to picture the territory because it transitioned to being home of the Willow Walk subdivision.

In 2007, the Grabenhofer family became another chapter in his album of this territory’s history, and he has been photographing their suburban presence ever since.

© Scott Strazzante

“The passage of time is a challenging point to file, and it never been my strategy,” explained Scott. “I simply was seeking to slow down and let life come to me rather than chasing it”

Now, this picture reinforces for Scott that access and time are the two main facets in storytelling. “With those two components, any subject matter can develop into a fantastic tale.”

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