Turn back the clock 50 years and proceed down a lonely stretch of road for 65 miles in southwestern North Dakota and you'll see it - the barn off to the west. There's no address on it but I'm sure you'll see it. It's chock full of great memories from yesteryear. It stands as a beacon of better times while gathering the sun's rays. Oh, and that sound you hear back in the corner is a rabbit I happened upon. You see the animals have made a new home with it. I guess they're fortunate to have such a place prior to the oncoming winter months.
As I was adjusting my camera's settings for the sunset which was just about to take place, I thought I heard a voice from behind calling out: "Can you see them?" I gasped because I thought I was alone out here especially since there was no one to be seen for miles. "What?" I asked in silence. When there was no response I quickly came to my senses and assumed I was going crazy. "Now I'm listening to ghosts in my mind and answering myself - how absurd is that?" I thought. I quickly brushed it off with a nonchalant nod as I continued with the camera settings. I couldn't help but think about the people who used to live here and what happened to them.
As the golden hour quickly approached I held my index finger on the trigger release and I felt a sense of calmness surround me - that same feeing you get when the credit card company increases your limit.
It was one of those feelings you get when you know you're here for a reason.
Not being quite sure what to make of it I quickly snapped the shutter. As I did, I noticed how beautifully the colors came together. It was wonderful. And not to sound "off my rocker" but as someone who "listens" to things while out in the field, I couldn't help but feel the presence of everything coming together with a purpose. I'm not sure exactly what it meant but I have a feeling that here was a place which was special to a few hardworking people years ago. Perhaps due to unfortunate circumstances, perhaps not. I don't know for sure but as I look at this barn - this incredible barn which stands silent now - it once stood as a gathering place for it's inhabitants sheltering them against the elements.
It's the story of a farm out in an America field which once held together part of the fabric of what continues to make this country a whole. I applaud it's ability to due just that. Like every shoot I'm on, I'll always remember the unanswered questions. And just as much, I'll never forget it.