The Amish Community

Amish dresses hang on a clothesline to dry.

Few people outside of Ohio realize that this state has the highest concentration of Amish in the U. S.  Northeast Ohio has many Amish communities where the farms and businesses are frequented and owned by members of this community.  A nearby Walmart even has a hitching post in the parking lot for the Amish horses and buggies!

I often drive around looking for interesting photo locations, sometimes in the city and sometimes in the more rural areas.  I found this image waiting for me out in Ashtabula County and couldn’t resist it.  The colors of the dresses hanging on the clothesline defies the common monochrome image that we have of this community.  I passed by this scene and quickly turned around, pulled to the side of the road and grabbed the shot.  For this and other shots that I’ve captured while driving around, my friends have dubbed me a “drive by shooter”!

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to The Amish Community

  1. It looks like my girlfriend’s yard on laundry day!


  2. 1222cc says:

    Your photo shows such a simple beauty that it elicited a prolonged “Ooooh” from me. I’m still smiling.

    Thank you.


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