Forgotten Vehicles: photographs from around the farm
I grew up in a small valley in southwestern British Columbia. Our house faced a large meadow bounded by a creek on one side and the treed flanks of a mountain on the other three sides. The meadow had once been a field with several orchards and the behind the house were the remnants of a farm with barns, corrals and sheds. The buildings were worn down, leaning at odd angles but all held their own treasure of rusted tools, missing floorboards, broken machinery and weathered vehicles. It was a paradise for a kid and I loved that place. We lived there for about eight years and I know there were a few places I still didn’t fully explore. Living on the prairies now, I get to revisit the same objects as they dot the landscape – abandoned farmhouses, vehicles both hidden and exposed as well as many other iconic farm “things”. I’m working on a project tying the photographs to the people behind these farms – let’s just say that is a LONG term project. However, it’s a lot of fun making the photographs in and around the farms – a good escape to the boy I still am.
I will post more on the buildings, tools, etc. from around the farm but for this one, I’ll restrict the images to vehicles. These images are from places across Alberta and in eastern Saskatchewan, linger over the picture for the particular location. As always, click on any of the pictures to jump to a full page version.
Alas, this last vehicle, a combine harvester, is not forgotten but I like it so please allow the exception.
I came over from Poppy’s blog… What gorgeous photos.
But gracious, those old trucks. There are people who would pay good money, for them. And fix them up, to re-sell. So sad, to see them just rusting away… Alone and unloved.
February 26, 2014 at 7:14 am
exception allowed 🙂 Really beautiful captures!!
February 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Nice pictures. That tractor in the field reminds me of a Steven King short story.
February 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm
Very sweet and oldiest…
February 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm
Very nostalgic with unknown stories to be ferreted out and told. Love Mom
February 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Oh, these are really good. Each vehicle is rattling off story after story. Very nice.
February 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Thanks Kolembo. It is those stories that I find so interesting, whether they are the actual ones or the ones that spring from imagination.
February 13, 2011 at 8:46 am