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 our rural roads, 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.