It’s a great joy and very exciting for me to observe and document the simple life.
Attracted to the Amish several years ago,
I traveled to PA and IL sometimes to take photographs.
As if guided by unseen destiny, I encountered a nice family in Ohio last year
and came to know the history of Christianity and further evolution shaping its norms.
Now I’ve realized it might be silly to categorize people by their particular branches of
religion because I’ve seen people getting together praying and singing hymns at Amish,
Mennonite and German Baptist churches, also celebrating baptism and wedding, too,
as spiritual brothers and sisters.
Their Religious Renaissance from Europe to America differs according to the country
in which it developed, be that Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, or Germany.
As it was for me, it’s very difficult for the public to define who is Amish, Mennonite or
Hutterite while we notice easily the subtle difference of each attire, and no public
electricity or modern farm equipment only for the Amish people.
However, from time to time, some of the Amish people possess vehicles as well as
buggies thanks to economic growth through success in their business.
The family experienced Amish, then moved to Hutterite colony with marriage.
Finally, seeking a non-structured religious environment, they found their Utopia in Ohio.
If someone asks me how to describe the family, I can proudly say Neo Hutterite with a
reminiscence of the distinguishing women’s long dress with collar,…and the boys’ clothes
and hats seem to be no different from the Amish ones. Occasionally the girls wear a
medieval-style apron as seen as in the paintings of the old masters.
A lot of brothers from the Hutterite wanted a fuller life without losing true religious belief,
and successfully established themselves in new places while keeping in touch with
one another across the states.
They preserve their identities and traditions peacefully and vigorously.
Great and ongoing thanks to the Harris,
and my photography project to portray the family, Hymns on the Great Plains,
starting and ending with hymns every single day.