National Geographic : 1995 Dec
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * A FARMING REVOLUTION How to Handle a Camera Hog "I GREW UP on a farm," says photographer JIM RICHARDSON, "so I speak fluent pig." The skill didn't help much while he was documenting an Iowa hog pas ture for the article on sustain able agriculture. This curious piglet petitioned for a close-up, "then tried to eat my lens shade, then my shoes." Jim learned photography on that boyhood farm in Belleville, Kansas. As a 12-year-old armed with an old folding camera, he specialized in "bugs, sunsets, and lightning strikes" in the woods behind his house. After attending Kansas State Univer sity in Manhattan, he shot for newspapers in Topeka, Omaha, and Denver, then turned freelance. "In a way, it was like going home again," Jim says of photo graphing farms. "I know from experience what farmers worry about: weather, water, making ends meet. But this story dealt % JANE GOODALL The Millers' Tale: Passing the Phone IN GOOD HANDS, an orphaned chimpanzee cuddles with author PETER MILLER at Kenya's Sweetwaters Game Reserve. "Don't tell my kids," jokes Peter, whose two sons are grown, "but baby chimps are twice the fun of human babies." Peter earned his doctor ate from the University of California at Irvine, then wrote for newspapers before joining the GEO GRAPHIC staff in 1979. He first met Jane Goodall by long-distance telephone MICHAELNEUGEBAUER(ABOVE); JIM RICHARDSON in 1987. "She called my with a whole new spectrum of house from England," says things I'd never even heard of. Peter. "My son Matthew The challenge was showing the answered. 'It's Jane Goodall!' he diversity. You can take only so whispered, passing the phone to many pictures of people riding my son Charley. He told Jane I'd tractors." be right with her, then handed it Jim and his wife, Kathy, live to my wife, P. J. -who told her in Denver with their son, Tyler. the same. We all wanted to say They own no pigs. we had talked to Jane Goodall!" NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,114517THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON, D.C . 20036-4688.$25.00 AYEAR,$3.00 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D. C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O .BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D. C . 20013.