Sunday, October 4, 2009

Little Shacks and Big Sky

LittleShacks

I pass by these little shacks during my daily commute. Last week I saw the farmer milling around, so I stopped and asked him if could take some photos on his land. He was an old-timer...say 80-years-old. A big smile took over his face. He tried to tame his smile, but he couldn't. Then he said, "You can take photos any time you like." It was almost as if my wish to take photos confirmed that he had something beautiful. Intuitively, HE KNEW he had something beautiful, but my question was confirmation and he couldn't contain his smile. I instantly adored him. The whole experience made my day.

I spent 45 minutes clicking away...being careful not to damage his soybeans. I'll drop some prints off the next time I see him outside. And when I do, it will be the best thing that happens to me that day.

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12 comments:

Ron said...

Dood, great story! I could see his smile while reading this post. This pic is psychedelic man!! Might not be a good idea to show him this one...maybe start him off with something more flat? LOL Awesome capture!

Dan Denardo said...

Hahaha! Good point, man! I'll give him the non-fisheye version!

Wander to the Wayside said...

Awesome photo ... but we only get to see one?

I love driving around looking at old buildings and taking amateur photos (that's what my Wedesdays's Wander to the Wayside is about), they just have so much character and history. I often see an 'older' lady mowing a couple of acres and feeding cows, and I stopped one day and said 'you're one of the hardest working ladies I've ever seen!'. She said she was 80 years old, and stops by to help her brother AFTER she does her own property.

Dan Denardo said...

Only 1 for now, W2W. Maybe more to come. I'm so busy right now that I have clients nipping at my heals!

I love your comment. My fear is that we are losing that work ethic. I so admire that in the generation before me.

Dan Denardo said...

Post Script-
I hope to go back and photograph the farmer himself. The problem being, this land is about 1/2 mile from his farmhouse. It may take some persuading to get him there, but maybe a 16x20 or two will get him to make the trip with me. :)

Hindsfeet said...

This is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! And how meaningful that you were able to be that mirror to him of the beauty of his life's work, taking the time to affirm to him the value of his creation...What a lovely mutual gift to give eachother that day...To see such beauty and to have such beauty seen...The story gives your photo gives it such lovely dimension, even more than was there on it's own.

Delightful! : )

In light of this story and the title of your post, you might enjoy taking a glance at something I wrote last night...My latest post titled, "little things..." a fun little instance of serendipity/synchronicity here I think : ) Enjoy : )

Shutterbug said...

This is a wonderful Monday morning wake up. I agree with Ron completely. I can just see the farmer smiling. Another story for your book? I think you should consider it :O) Have a good week Dan!

Shutterbug

Dan Denardo said...

Thanks, Carol. It's not common for me to introduce myself to a stranger, but I am so glad I did. He was really special.

Dan Denardo said...

Thanks, Carol. It's not common for me to introduce myself to a stranger, but I am so glad I did. He was really special.

Joy said...

Great shot, I love it. Thought it was some fancy-schmancy lens you used, but it's the 'fisheye' feature? I have that on my Kodak software! Yippie!! Swear to God, not bragging here, but I've found that my freshairlife blog so blesses the people I interview---it makes them feel important about what they do and who they are---that was my intention when I started out. I'm blessed by them being blessed!! Whooo-hooo...God is great!

Andy Richards said...

Dan: I grew up spending summers on a working dairy farm. Farming and farmlands are close to my heart. I need to learn to do just what you did -- stop and talk to the farmers and then shoot. Love the "fisheye" perspective.

Dan Denardo said...

I always love hearing from you, Andy.

I share your love of farm country. It brings me peace somehow. I admire those folks. We have a farm field behind our backyard and I underestimated how much I would like that.