A little backstory: I’ve had the idea to do a parody/homage to this painting for so long I can’t even remember how or when it first came to me. I though it was amusing, and it would be different, but for some reason I just always stopped myself before even starting on the project. Until recently, I was honestly afraid to try and get this image made. But for those of you that know me, and those that have read the handful of posts on the blog so far, I’m entering a new phase of my career, and I’m in the driver’s seat. I’m taking control, and I’m going to start making things happen. This image was a success for me before I even set up a light, or clicked the shutter. Why? Because I said to hell with my doubts and sent an email that said, “Hi, my names Jason. I’m a photographer from Kansas City, and I’ve got a fun/crazy idea for an image.”
- Thanks to Molly and the staff at the American Gothic House Center being such gracious hosts, and even answering my email in the first place. Also, to JP and Marcie for driving down to Eldon from Des Moines that Saturday.
- Thanks to Beth Howard, who actually lives in and runs her business, the Pitchfork Pie Stand, out of the American Gothic House. (I honestly can’t imagine living in house that actually has its own visitor center and has people coming daily to stand in front of it with a pitchfork and pose for pictures, but I digress)
- Thanks to my lovely and supportive wife, who didn’t even laugh when I mentioned the idea, and packed me a sweet ass sack lunch to take on the road with me. (It was like the first day of school for god’s sakes!)