Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Hollow Barn Dance


The Barns of Hollow Farmstead almost never dance. They are stately and symmetrical, their roofs well matched, their siding intact though worn to painterly perfection. They all meet at right angles. No animals dwell here. Periodically someone comes to cut and bale the hay from the long rectangualr field which the barns bisect, and then for a few weeks the fields look like great lawns to house and barn, too formal for a dance. To make them dance one must poke them with the long lens and turn them askew; the barns behind each gable, although here squashed flat, stretch 60 to 100 feet. The shot was made some months back, and and I like the way the trees dance along. Wearing their lush, green leaves, they are not nearly such good partners. Straight Farmstead is shy and withdrawn; Kallstrom is The Joker; Hollow Farm wears its age with complacent dignity, but every once in awhile I try to coax from it a little jig.

8 comments:

Ginnie said...

HA! I think you at least got a jig, Ted! :)

Emery Roth II said...

Or perhaps what this barn dances is a gigue.

Moi said...

haha....i think i liked Joker the most :)

Emery Roth II said...

My music buddies and I have an old saying, "White shoes." It all comes from one person's reaction to two versions of a Beethoven Quartet which was obliterated by the sound of the music. What he had really said was, "Why choose?"

However, Kallstrom (i.e. The Joker) is a lot of fun to shoot because it is much less predictable than The Hollow.

JoAnn said...

Hi,
I found your blog, because I was seaching for other photograph-blogs...

I can't follow all your words..( I am not English)Though I love your photography-style, that language I understand without words! GREAT shots.

Feel free to visit my blog, I also like commenting.

Greetings from JoAnn

Emery Roth II said...

Sorry my English gave you difficulty and thanks for your comments. I visited your blog and here also the weather has recently provided great photo clouds. You probably didn't read my comments earlier opn photographing clouds. Your cloud composition is lovely. I hope you'll do more.

I also loved the photos of you and your dog shot from different angles.

Moi said...

Haha. No i'm, not showing off my knowledge of English, but your comment reminded me of what they call "Mondegreen" or misheard lyrics : my favorite being Mark Twain's "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt"

another one being, "Sixty five roses/Cystic fibrosis"

Emery Roth II said...

That sounds more like Groucho Marx than Mark Twain.