B&W February: Disused Barn, Abandoned Hay Bales

This is becoming a familiar view all over France as small farms become less and less viable. Only with economy of scale can farmers invest in the modern machinery which allows farm-land to be managed with affordable overheads. It makes for a pretty picture, but tells a sad story.
This is such a lovely scene, and looks great in B&W!
posted February 9th, 2015  
Wow, what an amazing landscape shot. It is very sad though.
posted February 9th, 2015  
Beautiful shot. Would love to see it in colour!
posted February 9th, 2015  
Sad to hear about these beautiful farms.
Wonderful shot and the bare trees, branches, really stand out with the dark clouds and sky.
posted February 9th, 2015  
That's usually the way of it. I have mixed feelings about abandoned and dilapidated buildings. I love the look of them, but then realizing that that was once someones livelihood stings a little.
posted February 9th, 2015  
I can feel those Filigree trees - wonderful. The clouds show a beautiful Winter's day waning whilst the barn stays its watch...as it always has. Winsome.
posted February 9th, 2015  
Sure makes for a beautiful image... the clouds and trees in the distance really add to this nicely composed scene... Fav!
posted February 9th, 2015  
Another fine masterpiece, Mr Sayer!
posted February 9th, 2015  
lovely scene
posted February 9th, 2015  
I can imagine a horse, a fork and the farmer. I expend holiday on a little agricultural village on a region that suffers the same destination. So sad
posted February 9th, 2015  
Very pretty scene and story. Shame to have farms disappear!
posted February 9th, 2015  
Nice farm shot
posted February 9th, 2015  
Richard Your landscapes are impressive. I love those trees!
posted February 9th, 2015  
Fabulous b&w landscape, composition, nice balance of elements that keep the eyes going to every corner of this photo
posted February 9th, 2015  
love the trees!!!!!
posted February 9th, 2015  
Lovely image fav
posted February 9th, 2015  
Another great photo. I love farming images. I grew up on a farm but in the days we had the square bales. It is sad to see they are abandoned.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
Great B&W!!
posted February 10th, 2015  
You are surrounded by beautiful landscapes! Another very sharp shot, Richard. Love it.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Stunning image, fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
fantastic. fav.
posted February 10th, 2015  
This is a great b/w! fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
Beautiful B&W! Love the processing, looks vintage. Very nice work.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Gorgeous B&W shot. fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
I love the sky and the trees against the horizon...
posted February 10th, 2015  
great capture
posted February 10th, 2015  
Another lovely image...beautiful
posted February 10th, 2015  
Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful, dramatic sky. Really makes it feel like there are big changes occurring in this scene. Love the tree branches in the background. Lovely lighting on the barn. We have the same issues here in the midwest, USA.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Gorgeous, sharp, textured shot, but sad tale... you are right.
posted February 10th, 2015  
I am in awe of your dramatic photos! You are a real photographic artist.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Fav, great capture
posted February 10th, 2015  
Wow a beautiful image love the drama and processing
posted February 10th, 2015  
Beautifully composed pastoral scene, fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
This is wonderful -- fantastic scene, great textures, superb processing.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Lovely.
posted February 10th, 2015  
I think this is a story that is familiar in many parts of the world. Certainly here in Maine. Many farmers are trying to find alternatives to add to their income. Petting farms, "pick your own", Mapling, farm shares, and other ideas are becoming common. The lack of snow is stunning.
posted February 10th, 2015  
gorgeous ... love the trees in the background ... fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
Lovely atmospheric shot.fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
Your B&W images are so strong in detail and character. They begged to be studied, taken in. Sad, though, the fate of these little farms.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Nice use of photography to portray some real life issues fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
It's a story worldwide unfortunately. Once out of cities, the surrounding rural areas can be like ghost towns. In Mississippi, when i was there last, i had to make sure I gassed up car for distance because every small rural town was defunct.
posted February 10th, 2015  
Love the processing in this
posted February 10th, 2015  
A beautiful composition! - A similar situation in the Yorkshire Dales has left many abandoned barns, but they are an integral part of the landscape and it would be a shame if they became derelict.

Ian
posted February 10th, 2015  
Lee
Very nice shot Richard. Natural looking image and I just love stone. Fav
posted February 10th, 2015  
Like your b& white style Richard . I could have complimented you on any of your work
posted February 10th, 2015  
That is sad Richard. When I was young in the forties/fifties my uncles, who farmed, would get together with others and hire the machinery they needed. I suppose even that would cost too much.
posted February 10th, 2015  
It is a sad state of affairs for sure. I hate to see it. Perhaps if we were force to buy local and by that I mean the large grocery chains then perhaps we could save some of the farmers. But it is probably too late now.
Any way it is a gorgeous landscape and an instant fav.
posted February 10th, 2015  
This is absolutely wonderful Richard
posted February 11th, 2015  
This is an excellent shot and works so well in B&W. I love old barns but so far have not seen anything like that over here. fav
posted February 12th, 2015  
And you have idealised this sad trend by making something beautiful out it! Fav of course!
posted February 14th, 2015  
Amazing images Richard ... pretty each is Fav worthy ... and that's what I have done ... thnks for stopping by despite my occasional posts ... :-)
posted February 15th, 2015  
I keep coming back to your albums and dipping in for pleasure - today my son and husband wanted to see some of my favorites. this is one. When I said I love the trees on the skyline, my husband said "comme de la dentelle" - yes, exactly.
posted February 15th, 2015  
@hankbird Je suis hyper content - et un peu humble - que mes photos vous ont donné plaisir. J'adore les arbres toute l'année mais surtout en hiver et je crois que votre marie a tout à fait raison; je trouve, moi aussi, que les petites branches entrelacés ressemblent énormément la dentelle.
posted February 15th, 2015  
Gorgeous, perfect in b&w
posted April 17th, 2016  
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