This site is intended to share the beauty I have found in nature's art over man's work.

I do not attempt to recreate, let alone improve on, the landscape works of such incredibly talented photographers as QT Luong. Instead, I try to capture portraits of objects - barns, buildings, machinery - where nature is at work reclaiming the work of man. As with all portraits, this demands comfortable familiarity acquired by patience through hours, days, seasons and years.

Please click on the three-bar menu icon at the top and look around. I have collected these images largely through the generousity of rural property owners who have allowed me access. This site is offered in gratitude to share the beauty I saw.

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Images on this site are digitally optimized for web viewing. However they are presented large to preserve viewing quality. Even scaled down for the web, many are over 1MB.

Furthermore, any backlit computer screen, regardless of quality, is a limited substitute for a fine arts print. Please keep this in mind when viewing my images online.

All poetry and all photography on this site are the original, copyrighted, work of Duncan Dwelle (excepting three images by Jane Tise of me at the top of the tech notes page).

How this site came about

The Northern California counties of Marin and Sonoma exhibit a century and a half of agrarian history in dozens of working farms. Sun, wind, fog, and gravity all work their subtle, slow magic on the structures of man, gradually drawing them back into the earthly elements from which they were constructed. These are the sources of my inspiration.

For forty-five years I’ve travelled rural roads throughout the western U.S., watching transitions - usually slow, as in the weathering of a fence, but sometimes sudden when, for example, a silo collapses in a storm. Few of these old farm structures retain economic value to their owners. Yet I’ve seldom met a farmer who is blind to the beauty of that very decay which he battles daily.

I look for striking photographic images where the work of man and nature gently merge over time - a lichen coated shed, a broken-backed barn, a weathered redwood gate, a rusted farm implement. While today I shoot mostly with professional digital cameras, I record the best of these farmscapes on traditional large format film to capture their naturally exquisite detail and color. I want the image you see to match what nature shared with me - nothing more nor less.