Founded in 1923, the Kidron Livestock Auction is the oldest in Ohio, according to its website (http://kidronauction.com/). Located in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country in Kidron, the auction is a place where the “English” and Amish work side by side. It is operated year-round, and during the warmer months it attracts a large group of vendors outside, around the auction grounds. You can buy anything there, from produce to antique tools to cheap plastic items and shotguns.
Due to its large Amish contingent and the proximity of Lehman’s Hardware, a store specializing in non-electric appliances (and which also sells all sorts of old-fashioned gadgets such as hand-cranked grain mills), the Kidron Auction draws quite a few tourists in the spring, summer and early fall.
I spent an entire year there, off and on visiting from July 2009 until August 2010. It is a fascinating place to see and experience. Please keep in mind when looking at these pictures that it is a livestock auction, not some romantic notion of country life.
Sofie Dittmann was born and raised in Karlsruhe/Germany, the daughter of a visual artist. Her father was a painter and sculptor trained in the school and tradition of German expressionism. This early influence has shaped her aesthetic preferences. Sofie prefers straight photography and will readily declare that she prefers the raw, gritty, high-contrast experimental photography and collages of the 1920s and 1930s over HDR any day. Actually, she feels that photographically she was born in the wrong era, but this doesn’t mean she won’t appreciate the advantages which today’s digital cameras and modern output methods will give you. Sofie came to photography and digital art as a proud autodidactic, first to analog and then digital photography. She currently uses a Canon 5D Mark II as her favorite artist’s canvas and occasionally also her Epson Perfection flat-bed scanner. She travels light when on the road and typically is accompanied by a small, yet powerful, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.