National Geographic : 2000 Dec
ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY Final Edit LAKE WOBEGON ALife on the Land Muscle and machine stand ready for work on the Kerfeld farm in central Minnesota, where Matt, 17, watches his dad head out to bale alfalfa hay. "You can feel the human connection to the landscape," says photographer Richard Olsenius, a Minnesota native. "This is my James Dean picture." There was some disagreement about cutting this shot from the article. Designer Robert Gray thought the image was arresting but felt it looked too much like an advertisement. All agreed that black-and-white photography suits the story by Garrison Keillor. "It strips an image to its essentials," says Olsenius. "Black-and-white photography is like radio," adds illustrations editor Susan Welchman. "Both require imagination." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * DECEMBER 2000 You can send this picture as an electronic greeting card at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/finaledit/0012.