Growing up surrounded by lush cotton fields in Coahoma County, Miss., Darrah Parker developed a life-long love for the crop. That strong attachment triggered a near-year-long process that has produced a stunning set of photographs.
“I love cotton harvest time and wanted to capture what I consider the most exciting moment of cotton production,” says Parker, marketing manager for Delta Farm Press. “Previously I have had photographs shot from the ground and from an airplane. I wanted to find just the right in-between height to capture the magnitude of five gigantic cotton pickers cutting a distinct swath through the snow white cotton.”
That ideal height put a photographer and a videographer about 65 feet in the air, at the end of the boom of a bucket truck on the turn row next to the field. (See Cotton pickers in formation)