MEDIA RELEASE, June 22, 2016, Southbury, CT
Georgia Sheron exhibits photographs of John Ludorf at the Southbury Public Library
Images by photographer Georgia Sheron's project to document the life of a struggling Southbury farmer, John Ludorf, will be exhibited in the Gloria Cachion Gallery and Brown Room in the Southbury Public Library from Friday, July 1 through Thursday, July 28, 2016. The library is located at 100 Poverty Rd., Southbury, CT, 203-262-0626.
The exhibition will be part of the library's permanent collection of the photographic essay "Uncle John" images taken over a 16 year period by Ms. Sheron. The black and white photographs show the year round struggle of a rural farmer maintaining his127 acre farm with very little help. He worked that farm for almost all of his 100 years.
He wanted to see the world but was never able to leave the farm. "There was no one to come and take care of the animals so I couldn't leave," he said. John wanted to see "inside a volcano to see how it works. He wanted to travel or to Hawaii "I want to see how farmers grew pineapples". He wanted to go to Poland and see where his grandfather, a mason, built walls. "But someone told me the village was bombed out," he said. John himself did acquire the skill to build walls on his land and for neighbors.
John only stayed in school until the 8th grade because he was needed to work on the farm helping his immigrant parents. He didn't like school and said "some of them teachers could not help me find the answers but one finally did when it was near the end of my time at school."
The one room school house was a mile walk he started making at age 5. . He was extremely intelligent and wanted to be an engineer. Forced to be a farmer he used his intelligence to design and build anything the farm needed. Equipment he replaced by picturing the finished product in his mind and then building it with whatever parts he could scrape up.
All his life he tried very hard to interest the community in working to preserve all farmland. He served on the Planning and Zoning Board and wrote letters to the State Capitol. He was isolated in his farm but took a great interest in his town. He was also a farmer who loved music and poetry.
The exhibit will be open during regular library hours but will be closed Sunday. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 9 P.M., and Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Contact: Irene Sudol, Secretary
203-262-0626 ext. 144
FAX #: 203-262-6734
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488