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MediaStorm: Common Ground

Photographer Scott Strazzante spent nearly a decade on his story "Common Ground." It begins in 2002 as Jean and Harlow Cagwin of Lockport, Ill., say goodbye to their 118-acre cattle farm. A few years later, the Grabenhofer family moves into what has become a housing development, their house just yards from where the Cagwins once lived. Watch it here.

Strazzante met the Cagwins in 1994 while doing a story on family farming for a suburban newspaper. He developed a relationship with the Cagwins and continued to visit them through the years. What began as a documentary on a family farm evolved into a bigger-picture story on suburban sprawl.

It's a simple but powerful vignette about the unforgiving forces of change. But it's also about those things that are enduring, that connect one generation to another, that render a farming couple and a suburban family not so different after all. In Strazzante's words, it's a story about land, but it's also about those who live on it. "People are people," he says. "It doesn't matter if you're a cattle farmer or a 5-year-old triplet. ... We all want the same things out of life."

MediaStorm is a multimedia production studio based in New York City. With a formidable team of producers, writers and designers, they have put together some of the most compelling multimedia projects in the industry, from investigative stories on poaching to documentaries on Mexican tequila. Check out their site here.

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