I can't imagine it was easy to buck against your roots in Arkansas farm country in the early 20th century, but that's exactly what Mike Meyers, also known as Disfarmer, did. Having no interest in the livelihood of his family and peers he:
“Taught himself how to shoot and develop photographs, and he soon set up a studio on the back porch of his mother's house?and his belief in his own unique superiority as a photographer and as a human being made him somewhat of an oddity to others”.
Thank goodness for mavericks, because his career as a portrait photographer has left us with an astonishing visual history of the time. Limited prints are available for purchase for $800, but you can peruse the gallery for free and even send an email postcard to fellow fans of olde timey goodness.