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Seeing in Sixes

Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:58 am

Lenswork Magazine conducts an annual competition, "Seeing in Sixes," which limits submissions to six photos on a theme, subject or idea. It's like a photo haiku. The editors recommend an explanatory essay. I submitted "The Soul of a Barn," but it didn't make the cut. Dave (Uuglypher) made helpful suggestions about the original photos when I asked for help; I appreciate his generosit. Here is the essay. I will post the photos, two at a time because I can't post all six at once. Comments welcome.

Seeing in Sixes:The Soul of a Barn

Old buildings enchant me.

The Mountjoy Barn, built pre-1798, originally sat on a slave farm in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 2007, a developer bought the property and donated the barn to Howard County, which then moved it to Woodstock, MD.

The building is an English wheat barn, constructed of hand-hewn oak and chestnut, with posts, beams and braces held together by wooden pegs, pounded into holes bored through the mortise and tendon joints.

Wheat was beaten with a threshing flail, breaking the grain and separating the seed from the husks. On windy days, the huge barn doors were opened and the threshed grain was scooped up in a sieve and tossed into the air. The chaff was carried away by the wind while the heavier grain fell back into a tray.

Sitting or standing alone in the barn, I imagine the souls of those who worked there as still resident, blessing the space with their silent presence.

And I have found some peace there, a passing of time without movement, a moment alone with the quiet chorus of lives passed. They had little time to sit.

I sit for them.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:09 pm

#1 seems to have a slight halo like effect all around the edge of the building Matt, a pleasant image which seems to be lacking a couple of upper zones..not a deal breaker.

#2 like this straight on low perspective shot Matt, other than being a bit noisy a good one…

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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:19 pm

Love the symmetry of #2. Very engaging geometric study, as well as pleasing textures and interesting light.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:17 pm

Psjunkie, Linda, Thanks. Still learning. Far to go. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:10 am

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Matt Quinn wrote:... I will post the photos, two at a time because I can't post all six at once. Comments welcome.
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I changed the setting to 6

- And you can always post two, the Reply and post two more, and two more. S-
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Post by St3v3M » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:21 am

Matt Quinn wrote:... Seeing in Sixes:The Soul of a Barn

Old buildings enchant me.

The Mountjoy Barn, built pre-1798, originally sat on a slave farm in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 2007, a developer bought the property and donated the barn to Howard County, which then moved it to Woodstock, MD.

The building is an English wheat barn, constructed of hand-hewn oak and chestnut, with posts, beams and braces held together by wooden pegs, pounded into holes bored through the mortise and tendon joints.

Wheat was beaten with a threshing flail, breaking the grain and separating the seed from the husks. On windy days, the huge barn doors were opened and the threshed grain was scooped up in a sieve and tossed into the air. The chaff was carried away by the wind while the heavier grain fell back into a tray.

Sitting or standing alone in the barn, I imagine the souls of those who worked there as still resident, blessing the space with their silent presence.

And I have found some peace there, a passing of time without movement, a moment alone with the quiet chorus of lives passed. They had little time to sit.

I sit for them.

This is a beautifully written poem, but I especially like "I sit for them." S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:24 am

Thank you, Steve. Yes, that line has prompted very positive comments. Matt
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