September 14, 2013
Majestic, wooden barns, once so prominent throughout the rural American landscape, are rapidly becoming, seemingly like so many other things of grandeur in Americana, a thing of the past. In their place, are nondescript aluminum pole barns. I have yet to see one of these pole barns where I had the thought that the view was picturesque worthy of me taking the time to photograph it. The old saying that they don’t build things like they used to certainly holds true in this case.
These photos were shot many years ago while I was taking photography courses at Ohio State University. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, the thought of attending OSU did not cross my mind as I thought it just too large an institution of higher learning for a south-end boy like me to attend. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy in order to receive the benefits of the G.I. Bill, which enabled me to attend college, I eventually decided to attend Ohio State because of its photography department. However, after taking several black & white courses, I made the decision to switch majors to accounting because the photography courses all seemed to be held in the afternoon and as a married man with two precious babies to support, I was working full-time from 3 until at least 11 p.m. and thought it the prudent thing to do.
One comment I have remembered my instructors always telling me was that I did not print my enlargements dark enough. I do not know if being color-blind has any bearing on my ability to see things in black & white as others do, but hopefully, these photographs do not look too terrible.
Steven H. Spring