Weekly photo challenge: Family

My family gathering potatoes in Iowa circa 1950s

This is a photo of my mom and dad, uncle and grandmother and my older sisters and brother. It looks like they are gathering potatoes from my grandparents’ field at the end of the summer. I think I will be born the next January or maybe the next.

This photo reminds me of a painting that had always hung on the porch of our home in the country. It was called “The Gleaners,” and it showed peasants going through fields to pick the last of the grain.
I like the yellowed color of this photo, which was among all my dad’s slides. Obviously, this one was taken by my grandfather, who also liked to take photos (a trait handed down to me).

There is purpose in this photo as everyone — even the smallest toddler — helps in the field.

"The Gleaners" by Jean-François Millet

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