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I made these photographs mainly in the fields of the Salinas Valley, exposing the negatives at slow shutter speeds from a moving car. I used panning to emphasize parts of the scene and to blur others, and printed the images using a color palette similar to that available to a pastel artist. The selective blurring and muted colors render the workers anonymous, making the image less a portrayal of a particular time and place and more an archetype for all similar work.
Jim Kasson is a retired electrical engineer who spent six years as an IBM Fellow doing research on color management and other image processing algorithms. A life-long photographer, he has been exhibiting photographs since the early ‘80s. Most of his earlier work is traditional silver-based black and white photography. For the last fourteen or fifteen years he has relied upon digital editing and printing processes.