Corn Shock November
photograph © Bruce A. Morrison
Its well into November and I am just beginning to catch up with the business of a small art studio. There is always the framing, website development, print work, and everything else that cuts into the actual creative process. But that's OK sometimes...we're into the blah colors of the season now. Even though I always think of Autumn as a season of wonderful colors...the transition from greens to rusts, reds, yellows, and orange; it eventually turns brown. Brown is back. A good time to get the less fun things taken care of right?
Well, I'd really like to get all those things out of the way and soon! This is also the perfect time of year to be working at the easel and drawing board! There's very little out there to distract a person so you can get a lot done inside.
The image at the head of this installment is of a corn field near here many years ago while I was carrying the "big" camera around. I shot 4X5 large format for easily 30 years or more...most of the time with a heavy old dude that I still have, a camera only one year younger than I! I was driving south along hwy 59 one early November afternoon and passed this corn field being "shocked" (I guess you'd call it?) and pulled over. There were a couple guys working together on the corn and I asked if I could photograph the shocks.
The light wasn't particularly wonderful and it was pretty windy but this type of harvest doesn't occur anymore and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. Why they were working their hind ends off on an old, old method of putting up their corn I can't say - I just wanted to see if I could get it on film!
Its a nostalgic look isn't it; one beckoning way back to both of my grandfather's days...kind of puts a tint of beauty back into this landscape...
Brown is back, but we'll spin some gold from it when we can.