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Tracks Through a Wheat Field

Tracks Through a Wheat Field

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This derelict wooden farmhouse stands in the middle of a wheat field in the Palouse area of Washington State.

It was constructed in the 1840s and finally abandoned, by descendants of the same family who had originally built it, in the 1960s.

I shot various compositions of the farmhouse, isolated among the wheat and framed against the hills in the distance, but was not satisfied with any of them.

It was only when I started walking around the edge of the field that I came upon a series of tracks, made by agricultural machinery through the growing wheat, which led in the direction of the farmhouse.

Using the tracks as an element in the composition offered the possibility of creating a more effective image.

To the photographer’s eye, tracks like these are lines and line is one of the key elements of design.

Different shapes of lines evoke different emotions in us.

We perceive curved lines, which dominate in nature – streams, rivers, beaches, coastlines, dunes and hills – to be soft, gentle, restful and relaxing.

In the blog image, not only do the curved lines through the wheat field invite the viewer’s eye to enter the image through the bottom of the frame, they also guide the eye towards the main subject of the composition: the farmhouse.

Their curved shape adds a feeling of peacefulness to the image, which complements the tranquility of the farmhouse standing, deserted, amid the empty rural landscape.

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  1. Denise Ippolito August 9, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    Love this one Shaun! Colors are wonderful and not over-done.

    • shaunmoss August 9, 2013 at 2:10 am #

      Thank you, Denise. I, too, liked the many shades of green in this image.

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