This was an old garage door I found in the town of Palouse. I wonder how many years ago that last coat of paint went on? This was is a bit of a metaphor for me, a window back in time.
The Palouse is a beautiful region, known as America's Tuscany. It's very easy to get to, by flying into Spokane, WA. June is the best month IMHO. Extremely friendly people. If you combined this with a trip to nearby Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho you'd have one heck of a vacation.
Tomorrow I'll be going a completely different direction with the blog.
So I know I said at the outset of this series that I wouldn't show any "Palousian" images. Here we have an antique farm implement. But i have to say that I have not seen a scene like this one posted anywhere. I loved the wildflowers and the steep hillside as i shot this one.
One of the things we did on this trip was visit a working cattle farm. Each one of the people working there, a family, I found very compelling. I talked this girl into posing for me and I just love this portrait. So real. So "in situ" if you are familiar with that term. I don't know that it comes across in this image, but I can tell you from being there that this girl, in her element, captures the essence of The Palouse.
I have a little reputation in the Palouse of being a photographer that shoots while driving. (right Ellery?) Along the line of "the shots you haven't seen before in the Palouse" I present this image. A lot of the time we are on the move, a caravan of cars on dirt or gravel roads. I was enjoying this particular one and decided to get this shot. Call it "capturing a Palouse moment."
Have mentioned before that I made my third trip to the Palouse (i.e. Eastern Washington), back in June of this year. Went with an awesome group led by Steve Huff and Ashwin Rao.
I'm going to do a nine day series of images from that trip, but there is a twist! One of my good friends John Barclay often refers to images from this region as "Palousian." I.e. they very much have a signature look. Like today's.
But beginning tomorrow, there won't be any trademark Palousian images. Not a single barn! No images like i have seen other photographers make here. I hope you enjoy!