Cathedral's Of The Prairie Gallery - Art

Why old and abandoned farms and barns? Farms have been getting larger and larger every year, gone are the small family farms that once dotted the landscape. Modern farming practices have changed every aspect of agriculture and what used to take days to do can now be completed in less than a day, thus family sizes have shrunk, once thriving communities are in decay and whole school districts are gone and merged with surrounding communities. Throughout this transformation, whole homesteads are being leveled, with no one to live in them and no use for the out buildings, they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Hogs used to roam outdoors during the day and slept in the barn or hog sheds at night, now it is such an oddity to see a pig outdoors. Many of these buildings are falling down due to these modern farming practices. This is why many of my images are of these buildings and farm sites. I wish to record these places and try to present them in a manner that honors the people of the past that worked so hard to build them. I often wonder what they would think if they saw them today. You will not see many images of modern farm sites as most lack character and story to present in an image, many are quick build steel pole sheds and steel grain bins. Nothing wrong with that just not the architecture that I enjoy seeing not do they captivate the imagination and the struggle that it took a century ago to construct those buildings. It is not for me to decide whether this change is good or bad, though I lean towards the latter most times, I just attempt to capture them and let the viewer decide. Only passage of time will decide the verdict.

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