I made these photographs in the fields of the Salinas Valley, one of the nation’s richest farming regions, exposing the negatives at slow shutter speeds from a moving car. I used panning to emphasize parts of the scene and to blur others, and printed the images on heavy paper using a color palette similar to that of pastels. The selective blurring and muted colors render the workers anonymous, making the image less a portrayal of a particular time and place and more an archetype for all similar work. Modern farming is highly mechanized, and the equipment is prominent in many photographs, but the emphasis is on the workers and their relationship to the land and to the machinery. Using stylization and abstraction, I have attempted to create images of no particular worker that become images of all workers.