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Maybe the best barn photo I've ever taken



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Peace,

Wander

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dominitus
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
You know, I've never seen a house loom before, but that house is definitely looming. And no one can say that it isn't. Sweet photo. :)

.:Dom:.
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Actually a looming barn but yeah. I was looking through the viewfinder and saying, Man this is going to be a sweet photo. Thanks!

Wander
dominitus
Dec. 16th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, a barn. Obviously that's why it's looming better than a house would. Barns can almost loom as good as castles and things like that! :D

Loom loom loomy loom loom...

I think I'm over the looming thing now. :)

.:Dom:.
crisis_averted
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I really like it!
I love barn photos and I'm not exactly sure why I like them so much but I do. There are some beautiful ones around here that I've been meaning to photograph. Some day.
But yeah, I really like this one alot. The angle and the colors. And of course the texture!!
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
Illinois is great for old barns. There is a round barn around here I need to shoot before they tear it down. Not many of those left around.

Wander
crisis_averted
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
There are a few out here. Actually they are in Manhatten by my brother's new house. They are actually in pretty good shape too.
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
GO, get out there and shoot them before they are all gone.

I know you have tons of time to be doing that.

W
crisis_averted
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
I will! I will! It's hard to go do that sort of thing with a 2 year old in tow though.
coyotepup
Dec. 16th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
You might check out The Barn Journal's section on round barns...
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks! I really love round barns. They are so efficient. It's a shame more of them were not built before the use of barns fell out of style in general. Do you have many over by you?

Wander
coyotepup
Dec. 16th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
I like 'em a lot, myself. They're wonders of architecture, and my architecture mentor (also one of my fiddle mentors) has a certain fondness for barns of all sorts. He's rather an outcast amongst the hysteric ... erm, I mean historic ... preservation crowd. Which only increases my respect for him.

But I've been sidetracked. Anyway, yes, I rather like round barns, but they truly are not very efficient. The construction and maintenance costs and inefficiencies are so incredibly great that the minimal day-to-day gains become less than useless. They fell quickly into disfavour for very good reason.

But that doesn't mean they're not cool, and worth preserving.

Eh. I know of one in Missouri, up near Kirksville. That's the north-central part of the state. I'm more familiar with them from back when I lived in Ohio. At the time, I knew of about three or four within about a 90 minute drive of my house.
wander
Dec. 17th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
After I looked at the website you provided, I did a search for a list of roun barns in Illinois and found out not only are there about a dozen around me but more than 100 in the state and also that the University of Illinois is actually somewhat responsible for popularizing the round barns among farmers. So guess what I'm taking pics of this weekend?

W
lauramander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oooooohhhh!!!! I like!
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
See if you make a trip out here sometime we'll have stuff to do. I'm leaving next Thursday to head out that way. I'll get your email before then so we can maybe get together between Xmas and New Years.

Wander
lauramander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! Laura at ammons dot com

And I'm having a big New Years party if you are interested.
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
Reluctantly I decline. I'd love to but I'm back here on New Year's Eve. Short trip this year.

Wander
aditu
Dec. 16th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
Wow. What a great image.
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've got high res if you need it. That one is getting printed, framed and hung I think.

Wander
aditu
Dec. 18th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah I wouldn't mind having that on my wall myself.
A high res would be great, if you're willing to share.
wander
Dec. 19th, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
Here it is Depending on your monitor settingts it may not look great in this form but it prints very well as an 8.5 x 11 in landscape mode.

Wander
aditu
Dec. 19th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
brankauti
Dec. 16th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
Great color and angle on this barn! I checked out your other pics on rural_ruin, and they are great too! Such a feeling of open emptiness in many of them. It is always eerie to see man-made structures abandoned. They feel hollow.
wander
Dec. 16th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
And this barn really had a different feel to it. Like it was out of place for the Midwest. English Bank Barns started out in the Northeast in colonial times. This looks like lots of barns I used to see in Vermont when I went skiing up there.

Wander
brankauti
Dec. 16th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
No kidding. Although it seems rather obvious, it hadn't occurred to me that barns would be different out west than they are up here. Hehehe. *doh!* Do you do figurative photography as well? There's a great site for finding models that Deke and I use, www.onemodelplace.com. We both have pages up there: www.onemodelplace.com/brankauti, and www.onemodelplace.com/dekews. I think Deke's photos are way better than mine - he is gifted with the camera. I am better at painting and tattoos. :)
wander
Dec. 17th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
Yup, you guys basically started out with three differnt barn designs. The Dutch barn had big doors at either end so a horse drawn cart could be driven straight in. The English Barn has the big doors in the sides and the English Bank Barn is built into a bank on one side so you can drive carts full of hay onto the second floor. The first floor is reserved for livestock. The round barns actually started in Massachusetts but really got popular in Ohio and the Midwest later on. The Midwest addition to barn history is the Prairie Barn (we have lots and lots of prairie here) It was based on the Dutch Barn designs but was 2 to 3 times the size. We have a Prairie barn on one of the farms we own that is 4 stories tall and probably 75 feet by 40 feet. It has a basketball court on the third floor. Lots of Prairie barns have the curved gambrel roofs and some have long sweeping roofs that go almost to the ground on one side. Anyway, yes, I do all sorts of photography. I'm going to email you a couple links to some nudes and otehr things I have done. I like your work as well.

W
zahrah
Dec. 17th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
lOVE it!
wander
Dec. 17th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
Thanks!

W
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