Yesterday was a good day in more ways than one, but for the purposes of today’s post, we will stick with one way in particular: I added two new houses to my abandoned houses collection!
Perhaps “new” is the wrong word to use in this context, but I’m sure you know what I mean. These two houses sit by the Hume Highway just out of Wangaratta and I have seen them dozens of times and wished to get closer to them. Every time, something stopped me: either I was travelling by bus to visit the parents or, if I was actually driving, the weather would turn terrible on me.
This time, none of those roadblocks appeared and I was finally able to capture these two houses for my collection. First, though, this little shed:
And now, for the unloved and abandoned farmhouse itself:
Isn’t it gorgeous? I wish I could adopt it and take it home. It even came with its own windmill just out the back, which I didn’t manage to capture in my photographs. Plus, by the time I noticed it, the sun was trying to burn us to a crisp and we were in desperate need of caffeine.
The other little house is across the road from the first one. So handy of them to be grouped together like this!
That is the only good side of that house, alas. From the front, it has been subjected to severe uglification as the decades passed and it’s just a mess.
This year, I’m trying to focus on more landscape or environment-style photographs. I tend to focus on details and textures a lot – which is fine – but I want to print out some of my favourite photographs and I’m finding I’d like them to be more in the style of sweeping landscapes than abstract details. I don’t mind abstract details (obviously, since I always seem to focus on them), but I want to challenge myself a bit this year and since I’ve always believed I’m rubbish at landscapes, that seems as good a place to start as any.
Does anyone have some ideas of what makes a good landscape photo, either from the photographer’s point of view or that of a viewer? I’d love to hear them all.