Photography, Communications & Me

Month: April 2020

Abandoned Americana No. 18

Abandoned Americana No. 18

As modern agribusiness continues its march over small farms, scenes such as this have become more common. Here you can see in the far distance the new standard structure: sheet-metal buildings. Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 18 [Photograph]. Marengo, Ill. Shot on […]

Abandoned Americana No. 17

Abandoned Americana No. 17

Silos without tops litter countless backyards throughout the heartland. And sadly, fields of rotten soybeans, like the one behind this barn and silo, have been the recent result of trade policy gone amuck. Hopefully scenes like this won’t become the norm, as we rely on […]

Abandoned Americana No. 16

Abandoned Americana No. 16

This barn and farmhouse sit on a rural corner road outside Marengo, Illinois. Everything on the property is shuttered, a sign of the changes that have happened to the farming community over the last two decades.

  • Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 16 [Photograph]. Marengo, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 20mm, 1/320 sec., f8 at ISO200.
Wizard’s Tower

Wizard’s Tower

Swirling clouds and fractured reflections add to the mystique of this Wizard’s Tower. Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Wizard’s Tower [Photograph]. Marengo Township, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/1000 sec., f8 at ISO200.

Abandoned Americana No. 15

Abandoned Americana No. 15

This little greenhouse/cloche and tool shed still sits behind where the main house had been. Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 15 [Photograph]. Bonus Township, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/400 sec., f8 at ISO200.

Abandoned Americana No. 14

Abandoned Americana No. 14

Here’s another take on the barn from yesterday. The vulture got annoyed with me being close at hand and went back to gliding over the nearby fields. One of the things I love about structures like this one is that nothing is ever plumb — something is leaning or sunken or otherwise askew.

  • Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 14 [Photograph]. Bonus Township, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 26mm, 1/250 sec., f8 at ISO200.
Abandoned Americana No. 13

Abandoned Americana No. 13

Finally a day with clouds and sky and buzzards! This turkey vulture, aka, buzzard, gives this abandoned barn some disquieting verve. Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 13 [Photograph]. Bonus Township, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 35mm, 1/400 sec., f8 at […]

Abandoned Americana No. 12

Abandoned Americana No. 12

Here’s the final image from the barn site outside Odell, Illinois. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 12 [Photograph]. City, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 20mm, 1/80 sec., f8 at ISO100.

Abandoned Americana No. 11

Abandoned Americana No. 11

The original house on the site collapsed. I-55 is visible in the background.

  • Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 11 [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/80 sec., f8 at ISO100.
Abandoned Americana No. 10

Abandoned Americana No. 10

The reason I traveled down to Odell was to take a photo of this barn, which is visible off I-55. I’d driven by it for decades, but I was never able to make the necessary detour for a photo, which involves a dirt road or […]

Shack

Shack

Here’s my final image from this set of abandoned buildings on the hill. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Shack [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 24mm, 1/100 sec., f8 at ISO400.

Abandoned Americana No. 9

Abandoned Americana No. 9

A different angle of yesterday’s subject. This time you can see some of the sleet coming down.

  • Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 9 [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 35mm, 1/100 sec., f8 at ISO400.
Abandoned Americana No. 8

Abandoned Americana No. 8

Another structure from this site on the hill, this time with a pully outside the hayloft. What you can’t see here is the umbrella I’m using to shelter the lens from the sleet. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 8 [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. […]

Abandoned Americana No. 7

Abandoned Americana No. 7

This “abandoned” farmstead still shelters a harvest wagon and is flanked by well-maintained fields. The mist and sleet provide stark contrast for the structure against the sky. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 7 [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at […]

Abandoned Americana No. 6

Abandoned Americana No. 6

I’m still trying to figure out how the top of this building looks straight, the bottom is leaning to the right, and why the structure is braced from the left side.

  • Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 6 [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/125 sec., f8 at ISO400.

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