May 31, 2012

The Barn at Hess Ranch

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I shot this little barn from a couple of angles but this was my favorite. I loved the context that the mountains in the background and the two wired give the image. It is isolated, but connected.

The Hess Ranch is located along a long stretch of a long dirt road. I did a lot of driving on dirt roads to get to the ghost towns I visited. Along the way I passed a number of seemingly isolated ranches. But in reality, there was nothing isolated about them. They are just part of a community where the distance between neighbors is measured in miles and acres instead of blocks and yards.

As I was shooting on this long dirt road later in the day, a pickup truck pulled along side me. The driver asked me if I was OK, if needed anything. I thanked him and told him I was fine. Just taking pictures.

I think they call that “community watch” in the desert.

I’m going to continue with this Hess/Walsh Ranch series into next week. Along the way and with the permission of the Walsh family I’d like to share some of the stories from life in the Reese River Valley in the early 1900s.


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