For more than 45 years, Annette Steele has cleaned other peoples' homes. At the age of 69, she still gets down on her hands and knees to scrub floors because she believes no mop can do a better job.

This work has kept food on Annette’s table and put her seven children through school. She also has 33 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. "I have never had much money," she says, "but Lord knows, I have never been poor."

This story represents what I am most passionate about in photography – discovering ordinary lives, finding beauty and drama in the everyday. Annette is not, by the standard definition, "newsworthy." I think that is all the more reason to celebrate her and her family in photographs.

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