Michele Abercrombie

This Ripley Life
Location: Boston
Nationality: American
Biography: Michele Abercrombie resides in Boston where she is a remote fellow at News21 based out of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. She is a master's candidate in Multimedia, Photography and Design at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public... read on
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This Ripley Life
Credits: michele abercrombie
Date of Work: 08/25/18 - Ongoing
Updated: 10/21/19
    This Ripley Life unveils a childhood of growing up, living and working on a dairy farm, Ripley Family Farm, in upstate New York. Scenes infused with both wonder and reality reveal the great breadth of life within the very real, yet lyrical, landscape. Children naturally saturate their day to day life with curiosity, emotion, and an eagerness to teach and be taught and this series captures of a portion of this existence.
    While these images reside within an almost fantastical landscape, they also hold residence within the very real dairy farm space of long hours, hard work and economic hardship. Dan and Shari Ripley are among those who run the family business passed from generation to generation, and their eight children are immersed in what could be a very trying life, yet it is not, due to the love, care and patience both practiced and taught. Reflecting this duality and difficulty, the participants in this series, including five of the Ripley children, narrate a whimsical vision, harboring creation within stark reality.
    Sheer honesty carries throughout, a reflection of the children themselves.