Small family farms that produced food for their own families and surrounding communities were once a staple of American life. At its peak, somewhere around 7 million small farms existed in the 1930’s until the dust bowl and depression period hit. Today, less than a third that number exist. Of course, what from early 20th century American life looks anything like the present time? We have old buildings, works of art, extant newspaper articles, films and many other things that survive over time, they are our physical links to the past. This is an image of an old milking parlour on once a small dairy farm, what remains of the parlour appears structurally sound though only partially intact. I’m drawn to the window area, I imagine it was the only source of natural light when the roof existed. Time is a ceaseless beast even after we are gone.
About My Prints: I use only Canon Lucia inks for printing which are archival. In addition to the printing papers, any future matting and framing materials used, if archival too (with reasonable care), will last 100 years or more. The papers I use almost exclusively are Canson Fine Art Papers and also do not contain brightening agents that decay over time. For this image, the paper I used is the Canson Baryta Prestige 11, an absolutely beautiful, wide tonal range paper.