The great thing about photography---as it is with any art form---is that  its a total expression of the artist. There are no right and wrong answers, which my students hear me say constantly, in an effort to free their minds to the possibilities.
So it was with this old silo, the third and final image from a recent series I made while traveling through Wisconsin.
In my rural landscape work, color is my mainstay, but more and more I'm seeing a visual appropriateness (is that a word?) in black and white.
To my way of seeing, black and white just seems to fit these old bastions on the prairie, like that comfortable pair of slippers we wear at the end of a long day in stiff dress shoes. The dress shoes look great, but the slippers...well, they feel great.
Anyways, more barns and samples of our other work is up on my portfolio web site,

The texture of weathered wood and patterns formed by a fieldstone foundation  drew us to make an image of  this old barn in Thiensville, Wisc.
This is another shot from our recent trip to drop off new work at Cedar Creek Pottery in Cedarburg, Wisc. We were fortunate to come away with this image, given our scheduling this day found us shooting right around noon, when light is harsh.
I should thank the great American photographer, David Plowden for giving me the courage to point my camera of barns like this.  
If you don't know him, David is famous for his image making of American farmland, steam trains and small towns. He was good enough to sign one of his books, "A Handful of Dust: the  Disappearing America," for me when we met a few years ago. On the cover is an abandoned storefront, a beautiful image. After seeing that, I figured, if David Plowden could do old storefronts, I could do barns! See David's work at
More of my barns, plus other work is at

We were in Cedarburg, Wisc., the other day, dropping off new work to show at Cedar Creek Pottery, when we decided to do some backroads exploring.
A few minutes west of Thiensville, we stumbled upon this old barn and cement silo in a wonderful field of late spring grasses.
As you can see, this image captures the typical stone foundation found in most Badger state barns and some nice white clouds streaking the blue skies.
Our other work hasn't left us much time for "barning," so this shot was a nice way to get back in the groove.
By the way, if you are up in this area, stop by the Cedar Creek Pottery ( gallery. its at n70 26340 Bridge Road to view our three new framed images, a handful of matted pieces and, of course, the fine pottery and other art owner Andee Warren has on view. 
We'll post more images from this trip and others are the schedule this summer. So stay tuned!