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Saying Goodbye
Photograph by Gideon Mendel

Near the town of Chiredzi in southern Zimbabwe, white farmer Brian Alford assists black settlers on his former land by supervising workers as they harvest sugarcane. The field is part of 193 acres (78 hectares) Alford's family was ordered to give up. Now the Alfords farm their remaining 44 acres (18 hectares) of sugarcane and 35 acres (14 hectares) of citrus trees. Because of Zimbabwe's economic crisis, they must sell their produce at prices set by the government but can buy their supplies only on the black market, at far higher rates. Brian's wife, Sally, whose grandparent's established the farm, tries to remain optimistic: "We are still hopeful that there may be change soon, in time for us to pick up the pieces and continue our lives" as farmers.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Early morning sun
Time of Day: 6:45 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: I used a tripod because I was using a long lens and wanted to frame the picture properly. 

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