A clue to fraud -- the Trent/McMinnville flying saucer photo(s)?
But the stance and demeanor of Mr. Trent in these photos (and others) seems to show a man more interested in that notoriety than what his camera had captured.
For me, this puts a dent in his sincerity and credibility.
An article in the March 2016 issue of Harper's magazine about staged photography [Undeceiving the World: Can a staged photograph tell the truth by Stuart Franklin, Page 63 ff.] may address the motives of the LIFE photographer but it also allows us to consider Mr. Trent's purposes for attending the LIFE photographer's goals (which were to hint at a duplicity by the Trents as covered in a few pieces here, at this blog, and elsewhere about the matter).
Mr. Trent seems heftily interested in his new found "fame" which also indicates, psychoanalytically, an unconscious desire to gain that fame by creating a unique and sensational photograph,
Mr. Trent may have been a farmer but he was not typical of the stereotype often laid upon farmers: rubes with little education or sophisticated manners (despite dirty, farm-afflicted clothing in his case).
We have tried to find his son, pictured here in a contrived photo by LIFE (hinting at the idea that the thing photographed may have been tied to an overhead wire), but have been unsuccessful thus far.