Monday, January 28, 2008

Waller Farm


EDOUARD BOUBAT: "Every photo is an adventure."

PHOTOGRAPHER'S DIARY:
I believe in walking. My walks are adventures. On my walk this morning I learned the true name of this farmstead which, up until now, I've called, "Hollow Farm." Henceforth it will be, "Waller Farm."

I also learned that the place now commonly referred to as "The Hollow," was known always by old-timers as, "The Great Hollow." I love names like that - "The Great Hollow." If one were walking or riding a horse from here to there, one would certainly be able to spot, "The Great Hollow." Traveling in that way one must be in a place before being someplace else, sees the far hills to be climbed while on the near ones descending. By the time the valley is crossed one has taken its fit. Traveling by car, before we have a chance to be here, we are somewhere else, and our road is a trip through nowhere.

I started out along the same road last Friday. In my mind was a new four-and-a-half mile loop, but it was merely possibility. One mile out I was stopped. I spent the whole afternoon shooting at what I now know to be Waller Farm. Have I finally learned how to shoot there? Perhaps I simply stopped looking for what I wanted to see and slowed down to be there. Some of the results are already posted. This small yard lies between the great barn casting a shadow from the left and the string of smaller barns and backhouses to the right. A great crossing structure behind me ties them together. I'm drawn to this spot by the warp and color of the wood, by the hardware and by all the many textures here. As often as I've shot here, I've never quite seen it this way. - Every photo is an adventure.

5 comments:

Ginnie said...

So Hollow is Waller! Either way, you have once again caught some fabulous light, Ted. I LOVE what you do with these farms!

Julie at Virtual Journey said...

This is a real gem. The effect produced by those ghostly branches to the rear sets the whole thing off; and the wood lives.

Ted Roth said...

Ginnie - It's winter, the light is often wonderful. Thanks for your comment.

Julie - Shooting in The Great Hollow means there is usually an interesting background for photos like this. One needs only to catch the right light.

I hope you tried zooming in to see the chicken wire covering the loft areas of the barn.

Andrée said...

i think the snow makes this perfect. Love old barns.

Ted Roth said...

Andrée - Thanks for the comment. I'll undoubtedly look to shoot this again in spring or summer, but I was pleased with the snow here.