"I look at my photographs as portraits of our ancestors. As such, they serve as reminders that we have walked in someone else's footsteps; that it is impossible to cut oneself off from the past.
David Plowden, "Small Town America"
I have admired this queen of the late 1800's for a few years, but somehow never managed to have the right light or was traveling without the camera (a rarity). Passed through Upson on my way back from the St. Croix Fishing Rod factory in Park Falls, WI. The light was perfect, no wind, and the roadside was slightly higher, allowing for a straight on shot that would not have converging lines. This is the type of architectural gem we used to search for with the Ebony RW45 View Camera, shooting Ilford FP4 Plus 4x5 sheet film and metering with a 1 degree hand held Pentax Spot Meter. Miss large format work, but not the darkroom drudgery. Planning on fishing Chequamegon Bay (Lake Superior) for Walleye tomorrow, leaving at 4:30 A.M., to get a jump on the ten thousand Fourth of July idiot tourists that have inundated the Northwoods. We like them to spend their money here though. Invited to attend a barbecue with Tom, Sharon, Butch, and Jane in Trout Creek in the evening. Will sleep well tomorrow night.