I wish I took it. That was my first thought upon seeing this in Lori's Twitter feed. She had entered it into a Vermont gallery contest and it was selected for their exhibition (A Sense of Place). Couldn't agree more with their selection. I just stared at it for what seemed an entire afternoon and a few months later (don't know why it took months) I bought it from her website. Her well-written blog entry on this image (which also took an honorable mention in an LA Photo exhibition), is here: Breaking the Rules - What Remains, Honorable Mention.
There is a strong sense of place here. It's not much of a building, a corrugated metal structure not much larger than a shed, all alone on Carrizo Plain. A beaten path leads around it but oddly not to it. My guess is that you park the tractor in front and walk to the structure, yet there is no worn path to the structure's entrance leading me to believe this ancient building has been left abandoned for years. As far as I can tell the empty landscape goes on for miles beyond the frame. It's a dark, cheerless scene but not foreboding; a bit sad. Had Lori taken this on a bright, sunny California day it would take on an entirely different persona. Let's be glad she was there when she was.
It's the kind of building all but a photographer would pass by. Nothing to see here, right? Lori did. She saw the perfect geometry of a slanted roof placed on strong vertical lines and set against a lightly textured sky. The dark and muted color palette blends the landscape but pushes the muscular building forward to stand visually fixed against it, dominant.
It's a beautiful image. I'm glad I own it. I wish I took it.