WINTERSET, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2018 — Photographer Don Poggensee has been taking pictures of Iowa’s Amish people for years, most often in the rural communities they’ve established in northeast Iowa, like around Hazleton. But in early August, he spent a few days around Amish families in southern and southeast Iowa.
“Every time I visit an Amish community, I see different aspects of their lifestyle and their basic, make-do attitude, as we would say, doing it the old-fashioned way,” said Poggensee, who lives in Ida Grove in northwest Iowa. “It indeed is interesting to see how they get things done, so different from how we do things with our modern ways in a lot of our farm country.”
He noted that “most Amish adults do not permit close-up images of their faces, so when I am recording images, I try to respect their beliefs on how I take the pictures.”
He shares some of them here.
Loading up bales of hay.
Moving hay bales.
Up and over the hilltop.
Produce for sale near Lamoni.
Hanging out at Pammel State Park at Winterset.
Amish children at play.
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