Sometimes when I'm out making images I hear those words of Minor White, "One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.". It's easy to just see a window and an air vent on an old barn but there is also a story being told here and it's written in the language of bent wood, chipped paint, rusted metal, dust and patina. Someone spent the time to pick out the color of paint to be used on the wood and most likely over the decades repainted those areas ten times over and yet the march of time still needed the last word in that story. What was attached to that wire hanging down and what made it fall off ? Was there a big storm ? Was whatever was attached no longer needed ? Why is the air vent slot bent ? Did the animals need a better air flow during a particularly hot Summer ? Which animals were they ? My mind races with questions like these when I encounter a subject with so many years on it and so many visual stories to tell to those who are ready to listen.
Lusscroft Farm in Wantage Township, New Jersey, is a 578 acre farm was built by businessman James Turner between 1914 and 1930. The farm was setup to be a model dairy farm and scientific agriculture research done here included the very first artificial insemination of livestock. Decades later the farm ended up being used by the local 4-H club as a Summer camp. Since then the farm has fell into disrepair and it is now administered by the New Jersey State Park Service. The farm grounds and some of its buildings are used for annual festivals, equestrian events and some fundraisers that aim to raise enough money to preserve and maintain the aging and decaying farm structures and maintain its grounds.
1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4x5 large format film camera.
9 1/2" (241mm) Goerz Red Dot Artar process lens used with focal plane shutter of Speed Graphic.
Arista EDU Ultra 200 B&W film, shot at ISO 160.
1/30th second at F22.
Developed in Adox Rodinal 1:50 dilution for 6 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson V600.