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I drive past this old barn each morning on my way to work, and it seems like every day another piece has fallen off. I have always loved the sight of it (especially in summer with the vines in full leaf), but at the rate it’s self-destructing I figure pretty soon I’ll be driving by an empty space with a pile of boards at the bottom. So yesterday morning I finally stopped to take a picture… while I still can.

The aesthetic beauty of an old barn of course is in the texture and color of the siding, the things that grow on and around it over the years, and its look of having survived the sometimes brutal vagaries of Northeastern US weather. Most of all it is a testament to human past, evincing in its handiwork the simplicity and quietude of a time when man recognized himself as intricately a part of nature rather than above and removed from it…as seems to be the modern illusion.

This framed version was cropped at the bottom to make a slightly better composition and focus on the details of the building; but I think in the original, the inclusion of the broader stretch of paved highway (on which commuters like myself speed by each day) makes more of a statement. I have posted that as a workshop. I would be interested to hear whether you think it makes any difference.

Adjusted levels, saturated red (+4) and yellow (+9), and sharpened.

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Additional Photos by Lisa Milheim (Lisas_world) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 248 W: 33 N: 258] (1232)
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