"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." Elliot Erwitt
This old house and I have a friendship that started years ago with the first click of the shutter on my camera. Hours have been spent here, from early morning to late evening, walking around the landscape, looking for different points of view, while shooting high and low in the process. It looks out over a broad rural landscape and must have been a place full of running children and industrious adults that woke early to spend the day tending the fields and livestock.
Today it's surrounded by a lush prairie landscape with open windows that have a view of every sunrise that promised a new day. I can visualize the children running down a more worn path on there way to school or to play with the neighbor kids just down the road. Life was simple and its pleasures were centered around this home place, with chores, exploring, chasing livestock and much more.
I can see "dreamers" in the upstairs windows, looking out on a world that held promise in their eyes. From stories they heard during their geography classes or tales from their parents, this house held them all safe through rough winters to the first flowers of spring. They plotted their Christmas giving while looking at a snowy landscape through frosted windows. The boys road imaginary horses to new lands, while the girls played with their dolls and defined their fantasies of their futures.
Visits to this old place are more than routinely setting up a tripod, unpacking the camera and looking for a new perspective. This place holds my memories as well. The memories of the new sun rising behind the waving grasses or the full moon cresting the horizon. The sounds of crows speculating my presence or the wind swishing through trees. As my weekly visits come and go this old place changes little by little. I often wonder if my next visit will find the old house gone.
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Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa http://www.summerwindgallery.com