Corn Crib [ West Central Iowa]


Corn Crib [ West Central Iowa], posted by Matt Niebuhr.

One in a series entitled Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility

The stark geometric form and color of these corn cribs continues to hold interest for me. Simple, direct, matter-of-fact (now useless) function. Slowly fading and exhibiting a quiet struggle with time and the scale of the farming today.

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6 thoughts on “Corn Crib [ West Central Iowa]

  1. thx Jen. I’m really getting interested in finding these old cribs. It’s probably because I am longing for those old personal memories of living on the farm myself. I remember the corncrib and barn on our old farm – lots of fun playing / climbing around in them. And I remember all the work associated with helping Dad out on the farm too…. especially the excitement around harvest time!(although our corn crib had been converted to hold shelled corn, it still had a lot of the same sort of look) – Harvest time… when it was all important to get the crop in out of the field.. working late at night – tractors… wagons… old cup grain elevators… unloading grain – grease and cold fingers…hurring to get back out to the field in time for Dad to fill the wagon back up…. All fun and important stuff for a young kid to be helping his Dad accomplish…

    I guess I can’t help but see these things by the road side where nothing much else is left but a patch of grass and maybe a lane leading up to the old building… I see these old things and can’t help but imagine the stories that might go along with them.

  2. I’ve been looking at several of your portfolio links and I’d have to say that the the plant/weed/grasses work grabs me the hardest. Nicely done.

    It’s difficult not to be drawn to barns. I’ve struggled with what to do with them myself -with a fear that I’ll create something to quaint.

    Yours have a stark straightforwardness, like sterile mugshots of bygone personalities. Glad you have the site.

  3. Thanks James. I also am concerned that the nostalgia and quaint appearance sometimes becomes too much in the barn photograph and so I’m still working them to keep that to a minimum.

    Your midwest photos are very striking. I am always interested in seeing what others notice and decide to photograph – especially if it is a familiar “image” in a new light.

  4. Dave:

    Thanks for visiting – I’m glad you enjoyed. I like your projects on your web http://www.loudounlandscapes.com/

    The video about disappearing landscape (change / potential) of Loudoun is full of challenging and provoking imagery about the notion of “how we develop the land”… Great Question: What is good land use practice?

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