Vacant farmhouse

Vacant farmhouse, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Vacant farmhouse, Bridgewater, Connecticut © Steven Willard

As you drive around rural Connecticut you can’t help but notice vacant farmhouses. As small family farms found themselves at a disadvantage when competing with the large corporate agri-businesses, squeezed by the high value of land prices, and the shrinking number of young people interested in doing the grunt-hard work of a life on the farm.

This house is situated on the property of a large land holder who raises beef cattle for sale to local restaurants or drop-in customers at the farm stand. It’s successful, but has the luxury of a wealthy owner who doesn’t really have to make a profit to get by. I think it will sit here empty until the owner decides to remodel it for the use of the estate manager or something similar. At least it has a chance.

Pentax K5IIs with 35mm f2.8 lens processed in Photoshop CS4 and converted to black and white using the Nik plug-in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Nik’s Snapseed on my iPad Air.

 

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