Meet Garrett - Photographs of a Kansas Cattle Rancher

As I raise my camera to eye level I pause, temporarily and existentially lost in a moment, where in that brief second between seeing my subject in the viewfinder and pressing the shutter of my camera, I begin to understand who I am photographing. In that moment, it wasn’t a rancher, a photographer, assistant, and some lights. It was just a hard-working and passionate rancher lost in the beauty and serenity of his cows grazing the landscape.

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Meet Garrett.

  "Agriculture kinda skipped a generation in my family, but I feel that I was born with the love of agriculture. The thing I love most about what I do is the sense of pride I have in knowing how many people are benefiting from the long, hard hours that go into making their food. Well it's actually close between that and just going out and seeing a bunch of fat, sassy, and happy cows that are glad to see you because you are the one that feeds them and checks on them. Every time that new baby calf is born, it’s a huge relief that you helped that animal make it through the year…all that time and special care just created a new generation.”

 

"Agriculture kinda skipped a generation in my family, but I feel that I was born with the love of agriculture. The thing I love most about what I do is the sense of pride I have in knowing how many people are benefiting from the long, hard hours that go into making their food. Well it's actually close between that and just going out and seeing a bunch of fat, sassy, and happy cows that are glad to see you because you are the one that feeds them and checks on them. Every time that new baby calf is born, it’s a huge relief that you helped that animal make it through the year…all that time and special care just created a new generation.”

Kansas cattle rancher
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  …I just wish [the public] could all spend some time on a family farm or ranch to see how important the livestock are to us. If they were able to witness the moments that we do… I have been out in blizzard-like conditions with negative 9 degree temps, not including wind chill, to make sure they [the cows] have dry, clean bedding and plenty to eat…that the new calves are dry and nursing."

 

…I just wish [the public] could all spend some time on a family farm or ranch to see how important the livestock are to us. If they were able to witness the moments that we do… I have been out in blizzard-like conditions with negative 9 degree temps, not including wind chill, to make sure they [the cows] have dry, clean bedding and plenty to eat…that the new calves are dry and nursing."

A Young Kansas Cattle Rancher on ATV

Scott Stebner is a Farm and Ranch photographer based out of the Mid-Western United States. To view more photographs of farmers and ranchers, visit Scott's website