Cindy swore "...she'd never marry a farmer, but God thought differently.“ Now she runs the tractor at night after coming home from job in town that subsidizes her husband's hobby - a hobby called farming.
Lubbock in Western Texas is known as the cotton capital of the world. No other place hosts such a density of cotton fields and no other region is more efficient. To stay competitive on the world market US farmers in recent years reduced high labor costs with the help of genetically modified cotton, heavy machinery and chemical control of the plants. The extremely high cost of these technologies forced the farmers to grow huge or loose their business. Without the subsidies of around US$ 3 billion annually the farmers could not survive.
These subsidies are one the main reason the world market price for cotton is pushed down below the production costs of farmers in Africa and India, resulting in bankruptcy and farmers suicides. But even with the support and farms ranging at about 8,000 acres farmers do not get rich.
One bad year can bankrupt them, because the cost for farming is constantly rising, flushing big money to seed and chemical corporations, while the selling price remains more or less the same since generations.
Bio: I am a visual storyteller and multimedia producer at the Bombay Flying Club, mainly working on my own long-term, in-depth, documentary photographic projects around the world. Currently am working on a set of multimedia documentaries about the global commons water, seed and land: White Gold investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production, while my new visual research project Landrush analyzes the impact of large-scale agro-investments on rural economies and land rights around the world. Both series are part of the collaborative art and research project Supply Lines: Contemporary Resource Ecology.
In 2011 my Film Texas Blues won the German Reporter Award for the best German web-documentary and in 2012 I served on the jury of the Lumix Award. In 2010 I founded the German Multimedia Non Profit Spill The Beans! and Aggreys Dream, a project supporting a school in a slum in Mombasa, Kenya.
Besides my photographic practice I am teaching photography and multimedia storytelling at the Henri-Nannen-Schule, the Akademie für Publizistik in Hamburg, the Fachhochschule Bielefeld as well as the Freelens Multimedia Workshops.
Bombay Flying Club is an international and award winning multimedia collective. We work with high quality photojournalism, DSLR video, interactive media production and storytelling. Our clients are medias, organizations, NGOs, companies and journalistic institutions all over the world.
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