Untitled [Barn, North elevation, North of Aurelia, Cherokee County, Iowa]

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    Copyright Matt Niebuhr 2006 - All rights reserved
    Matt Niebuhr
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    (What life is like....)

    North of Aurelia, along county road about 4 miles north of hi-way 3, a barn.

    All by itself.

    A vestige of another time and another farmstead, slowly vanishing from the Iowa Landscape. I've made it a concern of mine now to look closely for these old structures - most are relatively insignificant examples of rural utility in action, but in the aggregate become an alarming signal of an end of an era. Gone (or slowly vanishing) are the old wood barns and corn cribs. Their usefulness - that rural utility - is disappearing, replaced by modern steel structures - faster, bigger, cheaper... and soulless.

    (2) AP - 2006
    Image size 11"x17"
    Printed on 13" x 19" Epson watercolor paper - radiant white
    Epson Stylus Photo R1800

    A special thanks to FILE magazine for presenting a selection seen here from Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility.

    Published in Iowa Architect: Vernacular Issue, Spring 2012 - Article: "Language of the Land" pg 30-35.

    More work here: www.mattniebuhr.com

    Another sort of special thanks to Teresa Jordan - Artist and Author who happened across this image - and helped me see what I've been feeling through her writing and poetry. Thanks Teresa - I'm enjoying your stories in Riding the White Horse Home:
    A Western Family Album
    by Teresa Jordan

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    B, K & G, Gregory Byerline, Jer*ry, and 72 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Make Studio | Marty Coleman 112 months ago | reply

      I like this one best, the space around the barn is so important here. It makes it look stately and solid. Wonderful image!

    2. Matt Niebuhr 112 months ago | reply

      Digihuman... I agree with you... I was looking for a good foreground with the other ones but it seems this image lets the barn be the "big figure". Thanks for your comment and comparisons.

    3. Gregory Byerline 112 months ago | reply

      Excellent work. The square crop adds to this capture's mystique that the rectangular versions are wanting of.

    4. Jer*ry 112 months ago | reply

      I will second the comments of digihuman & spincycle, and add that -- just like Eric Sloane -- you're helping preserve this country's Age of Barns.

    5. ken mccown 112 months ago | reply

      yes, it's a good one!

    6. chrisjtse 112 months ago | reply

      great shot, so atmospheric.

    7. Matt Niebuhr 112 months ago | reply

      Thanks for commenting..

      Spin: I appreciate your thoughts about the decision to crop this image square - I think it just works better to convey what caught my eye... something about how these structures have such a presence on the landscape. Maybe it's the way the barn just "sits" in the image - sort of unpretentious and all.

      The day was chilly with fog... warm for January, but with such even and soft lighting - so even - I do think that contributes to the mood as well.

    8. Matt Niebuhr 112 months ago | reply

      Ghb624... I just went to search a little on Eric Sloane - interesting person. I think I've seen the "Age of Barns" before - nice illustrations - I especially like the tools. Thanks for the note.

    9. ferklint 112 months ago | reply

      remeinds me so much to the Becker german photography, keep doing

    10. Ted Fines [deleted] 111 months ago | reply

      .very nice.

    11. mimbrava 111 months ago | reply

      Thanks for adding this lovely shot to the Interestingness pool.

    12. Matt Niebuhr 111 months ago | reply

      To M.

      the barn does have soul. I want to name the barn... but perhaps being nameless is a part of its soul.

    13. serenamatthews 95 months ago | reply

      This is gorgeous, such soft warm colors and incredible, amazing detail.

    14. David Sebben 65 months ago | reply

      A stark setting, but pleasing to the eye.

    15. Matt Niebuhr 65 months ago | reply

      thanks for the comment "nebbes"

    16. Matt Niebuhr 58 months ago | reply

      Hi Lucas, the actual location is three miles north of highway3 and just east off M21. hopefully, it's still standing?

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