An ongoing photo essay from rural Missouri, my home, and my family's small cattle ranch there.
We're Here if You Need Us is an intimate look into one family's life on a small cattle ranch in rural Missouri. There's a peaceful slow pace to the work. Still, the market can create uncertainty and insecurity as smaller farmers are at the will of an industry that caters to more significant operations.
The title comes from my parent's attachment to their place, "We love you, but you'll have to come to us." This stance comes from a care-taking need to be near the animals, but there's deep-seated anxiety they have towards the world outside of their bubble. I relate to this anxiety now--not knowing what to expect about a new place or thing is enough to grow a little anxiety bubble that eventually causes me to avoid an experience because I don't know what to expect.