Personal Project: Barns of Illinois, Part 2
Last month I posted a personal photo project of old barns that I took while visiting my relatives in Illinois. This collection of images is when my wonderful uncle drove around for the afternoon taking us to old properties that our family once owned. He first thought I was crazy that I loved the dilapidated and forgotten barns of the midwest, but then he totally got into it and drove us to all sorts of cool places. This particular barn was really to fun to photograph, as the light was simply incredible and the textures of the barn were gorgeous. I had a blast! I especially loved this series of photos, because it brought me back to my original love for photography. I started studying photography back in high school, when everything was film and processed in a darkroom. I loved taking pics of random things and then emerging my photo paper in chemicals to see a magical image appear. It was amazing and gave me an addiction I pass on to my students every year. And then in college, I took to a serious love to photographing parking lots, at night, totally empty. I loved the architecture, the repetition of lines and the eerie moods they created. I even painted a whole series of sizable painting inspired from these desolate environments. So taking pics of these old barns totally brought me back to my fine art days when I was focused on showing in galleries. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. There will be one more installment of old barn photos in the weeks to come, so you can look forward to that.