Vanishing Visions by Claudia Frost
A few years ago, I regularly drove past an astonishingly beautiful old white barn, a simple beauty, its mood changing daily. It was a reminder of where I first experienced cornfield tractor rides, egg gathering and gardening; a child's joy each summer, an opportunity that became a lifelong connection.
Fortunately, one decisive day I photographed the barn which was stunning beneath a deep blue sky and fleecy white clouds.
Two weeks later the barn's demise was quick and sudden. No last rites, no mourning time. Remnants of the venerable, picturesque Midwest farm disappeared. Concrete walls replaced the pleasant rural scene. The photo, to me, became a lasting tribute and visual record of a charming, but quickly vanishing agricultural lifestyle.
My images continue to reflect my affection for lonely abandoned farm structures quietly resting alongside rusting and aged verdigris farm equipment. Through digital photography, I hope to always be able to admire these wonderful American icons, receding ever so quickly from our growing suburban landscape.
Thank you to Elgin Community College Photography Instructors, Claire St. John and Travis Linville, and Graphics Design Instructor, Connie Orbeta, for their excellent instruction so that I could share these visual reminders of a quieter rural culture.