The abandoned farm around the corner was sold to a development company.  Cue Psycho shower scene sound effects as we all ponder the question: what does this mean?

What it means for me–at least at the moment–is that I’d better boogie on over and take some pictures before I come home some day and find the buildings gone. I went to French Camp in Quebec for a month and when I returned, the convent down the road had been leveled. 

These pictures are of the tool shed interior as taken through the (glass-free) windows and using my 50 mm lens. Because I was shooting into a dark interior, I had the ISO up and the aperture wide open at f 1.4. This accounts for the grainy effect and greenish cast of the last two.


I generally don’t offer the same shot in more than one version, but I like the next two equally well and for different reasons.

toolshed5I like this first version (which is already a crop of the original) because it has the strong feel of a painting rather than of a photo.

However, I think the next incarnation, cropped to focus purely on the empty pail in the rubble, is what the picture is actually about.  A metaphor for the entire  farm.


English major with a camera. No good can come of it.

The long and narrow crops are an awkward fit for most screens and I apologize. They are of an odd size and hard to reduce without losing all the details. As always, I suggest clicking on the individual pictures for larger versions.

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Like paring a sentence down to its real intention. The 50mm 1.4 is great lens. Excellent shots!

  2. Tammy says:

    I love the lines and feel of the last cropped one. Feels like there’s a story here, perhaps a sad one. Lovely.

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