Our house is old. Really old. I mean, it’s not as old as the ones on Huguenot Street, but I think one-hundred-sixty-two years qualifies as old. If I look closely enough I can see evidence of time all over the house and the property as well. I’ve said before that I enjoy the feeling of history that comes with handling old objects. I’ve talked about the sense of connection that I experience with everyone who has used something before me. These days I’m enjoying trying to comunicate the essence of that feeling through the lens of my camera. If I make the pictures appealing enough – will the observer better comprehend my own excitement? I know that most people do not feel a physical thrill at the sight of what they might consider “old junk”. Maybe I can move one or two of those people with a photo or a story. That would make me feel that I had accomplished something.
Maybe that’s nonsense.
Maybe it’s art.
I took a walk out to the barn this morning and noticed some things that I’ve never seen before. We’ve been here for 15 years and I’ve found a lot of bits and pieces (maybe I’ll do a post on all of the things my son has dug up while using a metal detector) but this morning I found some evidence of the farm that used to exist . The remains of an old barbed wire fence present a lot of fantastic texture and movement.
I’m only just learning about photography. I’m certainly no expert. I do know however that it is ALL about the light. Always about the light. This morning when I went out with my camera to look around, the sun was not shining. I am very grateful that we have finally gotten some rain – things were getting a bit too “dust bowl” around here – but all the grey clouds covering the sun. . . well, I was surprised and pleased to find that I could make some of the beauty I saw, come through with the camera even without the bright sunshine.
I think this is the best thing I found this morning. I’ve seen this huge coil of some kind of steel before – but I’ve never examined it closely. I even caught a piece of it in my lawn mower one year. That was an expensive mistake. This is what I found at one end of the coil.
I’m really enjoying this exercise of observing my own surroundings very closely. What will I find next week? Did you find anything surprising this week? What did you learn over the last 7 days? Tell me all about it!