Friday, March 5, 2010

Farmer Murphy

OldColor

I knocked off work a little early today. I had a little gift to deliver.

I stopped by to see Farmer Murphy. A couple years ago, I asked him if I could photograph his barn. He graciously agreed. Now, some two years later, I'm finally doing what I should have done two years ago. I had a print framed for him and I hand delivered it today. To say he liked it would be an understatement. I think he had forgotten I ever set foot on his property, so today was a total surprise to him.

A good friend of mine is an author and design professor at a Big Ten university. He always impresses upon me that we should be aware of design in every thing we do. It makes our world a more beautiful place. I think he is so right. The scene above is a marvelous example of Farmer Murphy doing exactly that. Great job, Farmer Murphy. Thanks for your beautiful gift.

If you want to read a great (brief) story about his barn, check out my original post:

Previously posted as: Old Color

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12 comments:

Shutterbug said...

Does it just warm your heart to give an "unexpected smile" to someone? They are the best! You have a good heart Dan and it shows on the outside. Have a great weekend!

Dan said...

I think I got more out of giving it than he got out of getting it, Carol. He gives me a gift every time I drive by his farm. Something about farmers and farming that I am magnetically attracted to...

Maybe I was a farmer in a previous life...or a jack ass. I know which one my wife would pick.

Wander to the Wayside said...

I have looked at paintings and said "that's so good it looks like a photograph'. Now I'm going to say "that's so good, it looks like a painting". The colors are awesome.

And that was a very nice thing you did.

Dan said...

W2W, I really didn't do anything other than see the beauty Farmer Murphy created.

I'll bet 500 people a day drive by his place and never give it a second glance. That's sad to me on so many levels. I think people like Farmer Murphy need to be recognized.

I love that generation and their work ethic.

Hindsfeet said...

Wow, D....Great story....What a cool bit of architectural history...moved board by board, my goodness.........

...hey, this wouldn't be the same farmer who you were talking about photographing in the fall, would it? You'd thought I'd forgotten, hadn't you ; ) .....

I KNOW first hand how THRILLED he was to receive that gift from you, D.....Bet his heart grew three sizes today ; ) and to say it was undoubtedly "worth the wait" is the quintessence of understatement...

Your work, my friend, is most certainly worth the wait....

"Hindsfeet"

Dan said...

H,
No, this is not the same farmer. And I *knew* you had not forgotten about my other farmer friend. I've not forgotten about him either...in fact, I still plan on paying him a visit (with a little surprise). I'm worried about him. He never brought his crop in last fall. It has been sitting in the field all winter. I hope he's ok. Now that the weather is getting better, I'll be checking on him.

Back to Farmer Murphy - I wanted to get a photograph of him yesterday....holding my print with his barn in the background, taken from the same perspective. It was really muddy where I wanted him to stand, so we agreed to do it another day.

And thanks for your kind words. They mean more than you know.

Hindsfeet said...

Love the idea of the portrait within a portrait...very cool, looking forward to that one...

Hey, a thought...what about a "Look Up" series? That would be so cool and seems like an open-ended, endless possibilities sort of project : ) (um, I'd do it myself, but me and the ol' Blackberry just don't cut it ; ) )

(ok, back to writing my OWN blog insteada telling you what to do with yours ; ) I'm tellin' ya, D, ya gotta smack me down ; ) )

Dan said...

Good morning, sunshine! You must have a pot brewing...or are you STILL up from yesterday?

I had to say it. Sorry.(that's about as much of a "smack down" that you're gonna get from me).

Love the "looking up" idea. I may have to work on that...I probably already have a few images up my sleeve.

Hindsfeet said...

Yep ; ) for some reason woke up bright and early with bloggy ideas brewing (and coffee, of course ; ) ) come to think of it, you must be rubbing off on me...this mornin's post is titled "Viewfinder"...

...Must be an osmosis thing...I actually find myself seeing photo ops all around me now...not that I can do anything about it...I'll leave that to you ; )

Jay said...

LOVE this - and if you like farmers, you would love South GA!

Dan said...

Wow, you're up-n-at-'em early today, Jay. I trust George did well in the marathon yesterday.

Maybe I'll end up in GA this year. I'd love to check out a GA farmer or three. One of my clients is sending me to some PGA events this year. They sponsor a golfer on the Tour (cannot remember which one). And thankfully it's not Tiger Woods.

You've got the Granddaddy of all Tour events down there, right?

Jay said...

:) About 3 hours from here, we have the Masters...

Also, in that same town we have the Augusta 1/2 ironman - you should check that out.

George finished Marathon #5 yesterday - he's a little sore today, but he'll be fine tomorrow :)