As photographers, we all have venues that we hope to see our work in. The dream magazine, the dream client. I’ve had the good fortune of having one of my stories appearing in one of my favorite dream magazines this month. My rabbit hunting story is in Garden and Gun! See, that’s my name right there in the middle of the big ‘M’! For those of you that don’t know what Garden and Gun is, it is a bi-monthly magazine published out of Charleston, SC. It covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas, it is a metaphor for the South—its land, the people, their lifestyle, and their heritage. You know, a few things that I enjoy and enjoy photographing. The magazine is beautifully written, photographed, designed and printed. It constantly wins awards for writing, photography, design, photo editing and overall excellence.
It was about 3 years ago when I first met G&G Director of Photography Maggie Kennedy. The rabbit hunt story was part of my portfolio then and she fell in love with the story and the photos. She has spent the last 3 years trying to get this story published! It was slated to run a couple of times but something always seemed to bump it back. But she didn’t let it get her down, she always pitched it and pushed for it. This fall when I sent out a set of promo cards, one of the cards had an image from the rabbit hunt on it. Maggie received the card and promptly took it to her editors office and taped it to the door! It was set to run in the next issue. Oddly enough, this is the second time in my career that a photo editor has done something like this to get a story run and it worked both times!
This story is one that I have been working on each season for the least 3 years. The hunters are awesome people and I really enjoy their company. Each rabbit they kill is eaten, nothing is wasted. They even give some of the meat to some old timers they know who can’t get out to the fields anymore. Here is a video I created last year. Rabbit hunting, Anson Co.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this story run in G&G unless of course it was more pages!