Desolate

I took this series of photographs this November near my grandparents’ farm outside of Janesville, Wisconsin. Rural countryside in the winter, with the barren fields and pale sky, can feel immensely bleak; especially in black and white.

I used my Nikon N80 with t-max 400 film to take these photos. I think it was the perfect medium, given that a color photo would look almost the same that time year. In contrast to the landscape however, my grandparents’ home is extremely warm and welcoming.

Be sure to click the images to see full size!

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Chris

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Rural Wisconsin

This year for Thanksgiving, my family converged on my grandparents’ farm outside of Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville is a not quite a city, but a little bit too big to be a town. The old downtown is situated on the Rock River which is really pleasant. Recently Janesville was in the news for being the home of vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Much more interestingly it was the home to a large Parker Pen factory that my grandfather managed I always enjoy going back to my grandparents’ farm and seeing them. It’s nice getting away from city life. My grandma grew up in a house just down the road from the farm so she’s literally lived there her whole life which is so interesting. There’s something really relaxing about being in the countryside. I definitely think that when I retire someday, it will be in rural area. Lots of great opportunities for photography!

Meeting up with my family also meant getting to use some of my mom’s lenses. Most of these were taken on a Nikkor 50mm 1.8

The shuttle van dropped me off at LAX painfully early. On the bright side the lighting was excellent! This was the first time I’d flown American Airlines in a while and I was happy with their service, although the seats were a bit cramped.
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My Grandparents’ mailbox.
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The area around the farm was formed by glaciers, so there’s lots of rolling hills.
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Took a ton of pictures of this birdhouse. I really like the selective focus that the 1.8 lens offers.
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Thanks for stopping by today!

Chris