Still LIfe 2015

September 30, 2015

"Tool Shed" by Eric Rennie

The photo above is part of a juried competition called Still Life 2015 running from October 2, 2015 to October 31, 2015 at the Center for Fine Arts Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The juror is Del Zogg, a curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  The image is part of a series taken on a small dairy farm where my father grew up outside Blackstone, Massachusetts, a mill town on the Rhode Island border. My grandfather purchased the farm in 1910 and delivered milk directly to customers in neighboring towns. Mapledale Farm, as it was then called, had already ceased to be a working dairy operation long before I first visited in the early 1960s. My father sold the cow pastures to a developer decades ago, and much of the original pastureland is now a suburban subdivision. The house, barns and storage sheds remained on 2-1/2 acres. The oldest part of the house dated from the 1840s, and the interior still appeared much as it did when I first visited 50 years ago.  The property was sold several years ago after my 103-year-old aunt was no longer able to live there on her own.