I woke up shortly after sunrise, and considered my options. I had gone to sleep last night expecting to wake up to mostly clear skies with snow still on the ground. The plan was to walk about a mile away from home to an old farmhouse that has been abandoned for many years now. That was the plan. That bed felt very good though, and I was more than happy to stay in it and rest a little more. But part of being a photographer is getting up early for no other reason than the light is better at the beginning of the day. Since I was close to my subject, I was already getting to sleep in late as it was. I guilted myself out of bed for the sole reason of, "the snow won't be here forever." If I passed up on this opportunity, I might not get another chance this Winter.
I got moving slowly with every expectation that I would talk myself out of going to the old farmhouse. I mean, I have been there about a half dozen times over the years and have photographed it in lots of different conditions. But there was snow today, and that was not a regular occurrence here in Winston. But what if I walked the mile out there, and the light is wrong? What if I can't get any good images? I could just stay home. I'm a photographer (insert expletive here)!! I will go out and try it to see what I can do with the scene. I had a previsualization of what I was expecting after all.
|Shadow of the Tree|
When I got out onto the main road, I could see the house in the distance. The light was hitting it just the way I was hoping that it would. There was a warm glow on the side of the house which was important since it was a white house, and I didn't want it to blend into the snow too much.
|Come, Sit a Spell in B&W|
Something that I just love about this old house is the condition of that siding. The paint has been peeling for years, and there are holds developing in different areas. There is just so much to see on this siding. The textures more than make up for the lack of actual color on this house, although the chimney does stand out against the white quite well. There are also a couple of really interesting trees on the property that I can include in different ways with different compositions. This is just a really fun little place to shoot.
|No Warmth Here|
|Come, Sit a Spell|
Since that time, I have ventured back to it many times. I have seen the aging process at work on the house, and have started to feel a connection to it. I don't know how much longer this house will remain here, but I do hope that it is a lot longer. Every year or so, I get the urge to go back and document the current condition it is in. It fits very well with my wabi sabi approach to photography, and I'm pretty sure that I am documenting something that won't be around much longer. That is a pretty important reason to get out there and make pictures.
I wrapped my day up with just over 40 frames shot of this house. Of that, you can see I have a bunch of keepers. Considering that I haven't driven a single foot this weekend, I have really been fortunate with the camera to have captured all that I have. It just goes to show that if you look close enough, there is beauty to be had anywhere. A photographer doesn't need to travel hours away in order to capture a meaningful image.