Harvesting my life


The Library of the University of California at Merced
has acquired the negatives and scans of my 1960s Farm Worker photos. 
A majority of the images are online at: UCM Ernest Lowe Collection

Black Migrants, is an exhibition of
my 1960s photos of African-American farm workers and their settlements.
It was curated by Michelle Ellis Pracy at Fresno Art Museum
and is now available for further showings at other venues. 
See Exhibition images at: Black Migrants 

View other photos from this series  here:

Welcome Home is an anthology, so to speak, a potpouri of images and words, treasures, some are borrowed, some are ours. All explore the simple theme:
we humans are woven into the dynamic flow of the Universe, the Earth, and all natural systems. Click here Welcome Home! v2A


I’ve migrated through many fields of work in my life: documentary photography, radio and tv production, poetry, writing of a diabetes patient education book, consulting and writing in sustainable development, industrial ecology, and change management. 
On this site I am harvesting the produce from each of these fields, when it still exists.

My late wife Grace always played key roles in my work–critic, editor, executive secretary, gofer, and sounding board. Without her, I doubt that I could have gotten anything done! Thank you, My Lady!
I created her  memorial web site to honor her life.
I am now living in Wisconsin with my new wife, Lesleigh Lippitt. 

I’ve started harvesting with my documentary photographs of the work and life of California farm workers from the Sixties. You can see the photographs I selected for a Fall 2013 exhibition at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California Berkeley. This show focused on farm worker children and their families. Don’t Cry for Me Babey

You can also hear Sometimes you work a day, a documentary I produced at KPFA-FM in Berkeley in 1961.

In the Spring and Summer of 2015 I’ve revisited two Black Okie communities in the San Joaquin Valley where I photographed in the 60s: South Dos Palos and Teviston. I found many of the children as adults in both places. See this post for the story and photos.

Ten year old Chicana girl harvesting garlic with her Grandmother. Salinas Valley. July 1961
Ten year old Chicana girl harvesting garlic with her Grandmother. Salinas Valley. July 1961

Seeing through the smoke, a selection of my poetry, is now on another site: http://www.indigodev.com/poetryernestlowe.html.

I have transferred a few poems to this Harvesting site selection

My work in Sustainable Development is at http://www.indigodev.com. Later I will summarize here what I learned from my efforts to bring systems awareness to sustainable urban and regional planning, industrial development, climate change and economic recovery.