The Beauty of Fine Barns
A simple Shaker barns.
Outside my window as I write this it is blustery and cold, with howling, wind driven rain pelting the mountains of snow we got just last week. So, maybe I’m subconsciously looking for a break from what’s going on outside, or maybe a memory of a warmer experience, but whatever the motivation this image caught my attention and I thought I’d share it today. These three handsome barns located in rural Maine were probably influenced by the nearby Shaker community in Sabbath Day Lake. The clean simplicity in each building as well as the symmetry and balance between them certainly indicates a good design sense and an excellent use of the site. The Shakers lack of architectural ornamentation and their emphasis on utility is also reflected here. I recall the warm, foggy summer day when this photo was made. A day very different from today, but the image brings to mind the pleasure of photographing good design, whether it be a farm in rural Maine or a high end home on Cape Cod. Shooting architecture is a real pleasure.