Standing On a Fertilizer Tank In The Middle of the Prairies for Agrico

Written by Robert Lowdon

Robert Lowdon is an internationally published commercial photographer based out of Toronto, Canada. He spends his time photographing architecture and industrial projects for the most part.

Published July 31, 2018

two people stand on top of large storage tank at an industrial facility

Out of all the things I get to shoot as a photographer, agriculture photography is definitely one of the most interesting. I get to meet a lot of great people, and the subject matter is always changing and fascinating. Plus, I have to work quickly and on the fly, which keeps things exciting. I love being able to capture the unique stories that each farm or ranch has to tell, and it’s always a challenge to try and convey that in a single image. But that’s what I love about it – there’s always something new to learn, and every day is a new adventure.

As a commercial photographer, so much of what vision in a photography session is that quiet confidence one has in their own abilities. Not so much to say that we are exactly sure of the outcome of the final images, but that instead, we welcome the journey.

Knowing in the end we are going to create something memorable for the client. That strength comes from, inside, having pushed ourselves so often to do things that others have and will always view as crazy, rather impossible, or a waste of time.

Even though I am memorable to myself as a photographer, in that I have the luxury of doing, and seeing things that most do not have.

So I pose the question, why not climb up ladders with cameras and lenses and even lights strapped to my back. Why not take the hard way, when others would rather take the easy way.

I tell you great things are closer to the sky. I can also share, that the absolute hardest achievements I have accomplished so far, have meant the most.

These agriculture photography images were created for Agrico. They make fertilizer. I take pictures.


Fertilizer bins
On top of some really large fertilizer bins. © robert lowdon


Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops, and raising livestock. It includes the production of plant-based foods like grains, vegetables, and fruit, as well as animal-based food like meat, milk, and eggs. Agriculture is one of the oldest human activities, and it has been an important part of our development as a species. Today, it plays a vital role in our economy, providing food for billions of people around the world. However, agriculture faces challenges from industrialization, climate change, and population growth.


Agriculture worker climbs ladder
The way up and down the ladder to the tanks. © robert lowdon

Agriculture Photography

Agriculture photography is a niche within the broader field of commercial photography. It involves taking pictures of crops, livestock, and other agricultural products. Agriculture photographers typically work with farmers, ranchers, and other agri-businesses to promote their products. The goal of agriculture photography is to show the viewer the beauty and bounty of the land. In addition to capturing stunning images of crops and animals, agriculture photographers often highlight the hard work of farmers and ranchers. Agriculture photography can be both challenging and rewarding. It requires an eye for detail and a willingness to work long hours in sometimes difficult conditions. But for those who are dedicated to their craft, agriculture photography can be a deeply satisfying way to connect with the land and the people who work it.

Agriculture photography of person holding fertilizer
It all starts with the fertilizer © robert lowdon

Workers stand in front of rail car
Products arrive and then are distributed to farmers © robert lowdon


Agrico is a company that produces agricultural products. The company was founded in the United States in the late 19th century, and it has since expanded to include operations in Canada, Mexico, and South America. Agrico produces a wide variety of products, including wheat, corn, soybeans, and other crops. The company also produces livestock feed and fertilizer. In addition to its agricultural products, Agrico also manufactures a line of equipment for farmers, including tractors, combines, and other machinery. Agrico is a major player in the global agricultural market, and it is dedicated to helping farmers produce the best possible crops.

Man watches loader operate
Moving to load trucks. © robert lowdon


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