Photographer Trent Foltz beautifully captures rural America. See more of his portfolio by visiting his website.
I graduated college with a BS in forestry and a BA in photography. Before becoming a full-time commercial fine art photographer, I worked for the National Forest Service and the National Park Service at the Harpers Ferry Interpretative Design Center.
I have been a commercial advertising photographer for 24 years. I started my studio in St Louis and shot there for almost eleven years. I moved back to my home town of 6000 people in 2004. Genes is located in northwest Illinois. I was still shooting commercial jobs.
A few years after I moved back, my grandfather passed. He was a farmer his whole life. I decided to photograph his farms knowing that eventually they would be sold. The farm was sold, and the buildings torn down. That was the spark I needed to start shooting the rural landscape. I have also found I really enjoy documenting the heirloom livestock found on a few farms.
A lot of the barns and landscapes I have shot are not gone. I am very fortunate to be self-employed and when not shooting commercial advertising jobs I am able to get out and travel the back roads.
I have done numerous gallery shows locally and nationally. I print all the images in my studio. I was never a big fan of standing in the darkroom and printing, but the digital world and large format printing has changed that. Now I look forward to it. All the images are printed with pigment inks on archival paper, giving them a 200 year life span.
I’ve been featured in numerous shows and magazine articles. Last year I signed with a national publisher, Bruce McGaw Graphics, which was always a long time goal. I have produced one book with a second much larger one on the way. For 2015, I also produced a calendar available at Lulu.
As 2015 approaches my plans are the same; keep photographing the landscape, livestock and farm structures.
I will be working with a local food bank and farmers market to help spread the word. I will be traveling the farms and photographing the processes, lifestyle and hard work these people put into delivering great food.