National Geographic : 1992 Apr
On Assignment osing a vital piece of gear is a photojournalist's worst night mare. DAVID ALAN HARVEY (above), a 20-year GEOGRAPHIC vet eran, found himself in that fix dur ing Spain's El Rocio pilgrimage (pages 6-7). "I was on foot with this big bag of film and other essentials and asked a man with a Land Rover if I could load it on." Assuming the man would stick with the procession, David headed off. By dusk the vehicle had van ished. "I got to the campsite with no food, no water, and worse-next to no film," he recalls. But El Rocio is about having faith. Fed by fellow pilgrims, David found the man with his bag at the end of the next day. David had covered Spain for the March 1978 issue, and though much had changed, he saw the same ebul lience in the dancing, singing, and camaraderie of this rough, dusty trek. "Spaniards take having a good time seriously. To share such moments with friends and family is the most important thing there is." "Photos of quiet moments can create powerful images," says MELISSA FARLOW, who visited and revisited the Okefenokee Swamp region, photographing its seasons and residents for this issue. "I grew up in a small town in southern Indiana, so I have a feeling for rural people. I'm comfortable with a life-style where you just sit with folks. You don't talk much, but you communicate a lot." To photograph 81-year-old swamper William McKinley Crews (left), who had never heard of NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Melissa spent three days at his farm chatting, admiring his cows, and making him feel comfortable with her. It was many hours before Melissa took her first picture. She then coaxed him into being photographed in a paper bag he wears as his "morning hat." Now a staff photographer with the PittsburghPress, Melissa had worked at the Louisville Courier Journal,where her photographs of school desegregation helped earn the paper a Pulitzer Prize. "I'll always have fond memories of Crews," she says. "He was a dear, quiet man. When he found out how old I am, he said, 'Why, my 1951 truck is as old as you!'" NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W ., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR, $2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID ATWASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D.C. 20013.