As the story goes a retired Chenoa farmer named Bob, plunked a carousel horse at the end of a field as a marker for his wife to see. Seemingly, others plopped more of these whimsical plastic figurines until there was a row of them!
When I first moved to Central Illinois I had the opportunity to meet in Fairbury for a business coffee. Driving there on Rt 24, I noted this rather odd procession. It took me a bit to get back to them, but I snapped a few photographs then, feeling a bit like I was trespassing on some sortof private memorial.
It was a few years after this first set of images was taken that I went again. I was on my way back from a trip and using Rt 24 as a shortcut from I57 to I55. My skills as a photographer had grown. The time of day was SO great for image taking. I love the hyper focus, the pops of color and shadow play. I had started using the software Lightroom and my artist signature was beginning to take form. It showed in my image taking.
In September of 2015 I was saying farewell to Central Illinois and took a fellow photographer with me on a bit of a road trip. This was one of the places we stopped. The day could NOT have been more perfect, and it was a treat to share this find with another creative.
Ricky honored me by capturing an image of me in my essence. As anyone who is a photographer knows, when you are always the one behind the camera it's often a challenge to have a quality image. taken of yourself. Our day together was a perfect ode to those endless fields we all know from the midwest. and a tug on my heart to say goodbye to someone whom I was just getting to pal around with - artist to artist.
Get a load of that cloud rich sky, and that color divided field, and the blueness of it all! I can't get over all the perspectives either, such an evolving expression. Even Ricky's shirt color was on the same page!!
What a terrific day this was!!
I love this image you've taken of me Ricky - thank you!!
( above photograph by Ricky Trauber )
Photography = a never ending opportunity to capture visual celebrations.