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      "Agri-Ruins" - November Installation

      Most recently on September 21st, 2017 I wrote of my intent to launch a photographic series titled "AGRI-RUINS". The series will run continuously for a full year of monthly installments focusing on the degradation of many old farm properties in the New England region. The purpose of the series is to raise awareness of our continuing loss of these most special places within our current societal framework, a slipping away of our heritage and a disconnect between the majority of our population and the importance of agriculture and our quality of life.

      Along with the debut installment for October I am including the text of my original announcement of this project to lend clarity to it's intent. I hope ye all find it both provocative and enjoyable if not disturbing on some level as ye make the journey with me from month to month.

      On 9/21/17 I wrote;

      Aye Mates,
      As a visual artist I continually seek to evoke emotion and contemplation through the images I bring to the viewer. Last year, I presented a series of photo's that I had titled "WRECKLAMATION". The series featured a 1953 Mack Dump Body Truck that had been sitting on a farm property for many years. The series was a month by month comparative of environmental changes over the course of an entire year as was relative to the seemingly constant state of the truck. The series was a popular one on this forum and several others. I received commentary from around the globe and the connection between people, the truck, and the surrounding land was one that stirred the thoughts of many viewers.

      I am embarking on another such series that I am titling "AGRI-RUINS" which will focus on buildings and equipment related to agriculture that have fallen into various states of neglect or disrepair. It is my hope that the photo series brings to thought the disconnect betwixt current day mainstream society and our once prevalent agricultural past. As we move into the future with continuing disregard for the land and all that is dependent on it, it is my hope that this series brings a more intense focus of to each viewer of how dependent we as humans and the wildlife we cherish are on our dwindling agricultural lands. "NO FARMS - NO FOOD".

      The series "AGRI-RUINS" will aptly start in October, a month commonly associated with harvest.

      Following are the photo's for the November installation.

      Top left - "DOOR TO THE PAST" - The open door of this barn invites the viewer to step back in time.

      Top middle - "GABLE VIEW" - The angle of the branches in the foreground seem to frame the gable view of this old barn.

      Top right - "CAPE RECLAIMED" - This old cape is being engulfed by surrounding flora.

      Bottom left - "HOLEY SPIRE" - This old silo yields views of blue sky through it's dilapidated cap.

      Bottom right - "LEAN ON ME" - This stone support column once supported the main carrying beam for an old farm homestead, the foundation remains but the structure is long gone.

      Regardless of the effects of time on these ties to our agricultural past, they retain a certain dignity, an aesthetic value, and they deserve our respect.

      Cheers,
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      Love this series! The old barn is developing the sway back of an old horse. Wish I had the funds to rebuild the cape; what a wonderful old house. The silo scares me, looks like it's going to topple at any minute. Just look at the intricate work in that old pillar. The wood may be gone but the foundation stands strong. Wonder if in 500 years it will be found and scientists wonder what ancient culture built it and what was it for. Looking forward to the next edition.
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      Quote Originally Posted by POPTOP View Post
      Love this series! The old barn is developing the sway back of an old horse. Wish I had the funds to rebuild the cape; what a wonderful old house. The silo scares me, looks like it's going to topple at any minute. Just look at the intricate work in that old pillar. The wood may be gone but the foundation stands strong. Wonder if in 500 years it will be found and scientists wonder what ancient culture built it and what was it for. Looking forward to the next edition.
      Thank ye kindly Fran. I will be doing this series for a full year so there is a lot more to come.

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      I enjoyed this, particularly your thought behind DOOR TO THE PAST.

      Our small town's major employer is a canning plant; Faye works there. I work about 20 miles away and pass fields the entire way. It's good to live in a place where we see (and live!) how much weather and the seasons matter.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Kleb View Post
      I enjoyed this, particularly your thought behind DOOR TO THE PAST.

      Our small town's major employer is a canning plant; Faye works there. I work about 20 miles away and pass fields the entire way. It's good to live in a place where we see (and live!) how much weather and the seasons matter.
      Aye Mr. Kleb,
      Good on ye Lad. Enjoy the seasonal changes.

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