Scott McIntyre August 30, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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New Hampshire 2009
Scott McIntyre (B. 1986, USA) took an introductory photography class at Western Kentucky University in 2006 and has since worked with various publications including The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Concord Monitor, and National Public Radio. During his time at WKU, Scott’s work has been recognized by College Photographer of The Year, The Hearst Journalism Awards, Atlanta Photojournalism Conference and The White House News Photographers Association. Scott was named the 2009 Kentucky Student Photographer of The Year and will graduate with a BA in Photojournalism along with a minor in Folklore from Western in spring 2010 after which he will begin a six month internship with the St. Petersburg Times.
About the Photograph:
“While I was interning at the Concord Monitor, I was working with a writer to find a farm family to put a face to the growing problem of dropping milk prices in New Hampshire. Dairy farmers across the state were facing the lowest milk prices in recent history. Several dairy farms across New Hampshire were shutting down after not being able to pay bills or pay to feed their herd, putting families out of work. The writer, Chelsea Conaboy, and I drove to Salisbury, NH, to talk with the Drowns family about how their dairy farm was dealing with the low milk prices and to see if their story was the right one to tell. While we were talking to the family, a farm hand came from the pasture to tell the family about a cow in labor with its first calf. We all went to the pasture to find that the calf had turned itself around inside the womb causing it to suffocate. Jake Drowns, pictured, stripped off his shirt to try and turn the calf around by hand so it could pass through. After several attempts, he found it was too late and the calf had died. ‘Sometimes you just can’t win them all,’ said Drowns.”