The children’s tricycle in the abandoned barn up the road displays a well worn license plate on the back of the seat that says, Don. Goodness knows how old the fellow is today. The house and barn have been vacant for a few years as the woman who lived there either died or was placed in residential care. Each winter I wait to come home from work and see that the barn has collapsed, as it is in a very fragile state.
I have been using the Arista C41 developing chemicals from Freestyle Photo for Kodak Portra 160 and find that I like the more muted palette. There are certainly landscapes that call for E6 color reversal film…namely the classic Fujichrome Velvia 50. Headed back North to tour the Keweenaw Peninsula tomorrow and plan on bringing both rolleiflex TLR’s (one for color and one for black and white), in addition to the Harman Titan 4x5 pinhole. I am also going to bring the early 1960’s Kodak Brownie Bullet and shoot some 127 black and white film.
The Central Wood Boiler that resides in the wood shed and heats Rauhallinen farm with hot water heat for seven to eight months of winter was lit for the season this evening. Down in the 20’s so I cannot take the chance of the underground water lines running from the stove to the house freezing.
“We think the fire eats the wood. We are wrong. The wood reaches out to the flame. The fire licks at what the wood harbors, and the wood gives itself away to that intimacy, the manner in which we and the world meet each new day.”
― Jack Gilbert, Collected Poems