BARN: Barn Raising

By taggart  
BARN: Barn Raising

Melvin, our neighbor featured in my previous image, came to me one day and said he was going to have a barn raising ---would I be interested in photographing it.
The only possible answer was "CERTAINLY !"

This, of course, is a brand new barn built in the summer of 2012. That evening, when the barn was almost finished, Melvin showed us where there would be stables for 16 horses and a few cows. This is also where he keeps his and Mary's buggies…..and, when it is their turn, their Sunday Meeting is held on the upper floor.

V2 shows the almost finished exterior…

One day, when the ice and wind subside, I will wander over and make more images --

I am happy to see some interest in the Barn Project.

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Barns Portraits and people

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User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 12:29AM
Wonderful detailed captures Jenn. Smile
Family's working together for a single aim, pity it does not happen more in other community's.

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Feb 2014 12:31AM
Now this is what I call a barn Jenn !!
I saw a programme on the telly of the Amish raising a barn.
They did it in a day.The men doing the raising,while the women made the food and refreshments.
A splendid day was had by all !!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Feb 2014 12:33AM
Mick's description is completely accurate!
6 Feb 2014 12:52AM
greatly captured
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
6 Feb 2014 1:06AM
This is a GREAT documentation of Americana and deserves to be published somehow to a wider audience.
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 1:41AM
Seem to remember a barn raising in ' Seven brides for Seven Brothers '. Nice to see the tradition is still alive Jenn. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
What a privilege to have been brought in to document this project. V1 is a great shot, Jenn.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:21AM
Two lovely images and an even nicer story.
9 10 10 England
6 Feb 2014 7:58AM
These projects are quite amazing and show such good community spirit. Your recording of it is excellent Jenn.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
6 Feb 2014 8:01AM
Wow that is one spectacular barn, the men in V1 give it a sense of scale. Great images Jenn....enjoying the series
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
6 Feb 2014 8:09AM
Wow I bet those horses are happy...................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:27AM
I remember this project, good to see it again.
I'm aiming to photograph an old barn that's up the road from us, just as soon as the sun pays us a visit.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
6 Feb 2014 8:46AM
I love the shapes of American barns. These are excellent shots, Jenn.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 10:26AM
Don't know if I've done this link properly but in case not
The Barn Raising is the music I want played at my funeral.
My favourite film ever is Witness and Jenn's image is exactly what was portrayed in the film.
I loved the way the Amish helped each other to build the barn and Kelly McGuinnes was making eyes
at Harrison Ford whilst serving the lemonade! music is by Maurice Jarre.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 10:35AM
Love the finished barn in V2 Jenn.
Sorry don't think my link works but the music is easily found on Utube.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 Feb 2014 10:38AM
I love the way everyone mucks in and makes it all happen so quickly. And such attractive barns too.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
6 Feb 2014 11:26AM
What wonderful images Jennnnn. V1 is fascinating to see the wood skeleton for the upper floor and roof. I admire the craftsmanship.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
6 Feb 2014 12:34PM
I'm glad to see this. I was wondering how I could show the bare bones of a barn. Ours are much older and the timbers are much larger, but the construction seems the same. This is a fun project.
6 Feb 2014 2:11PM
Excellent documentary captures about raising a barn, Jenn!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 3:30PM
They certainly know how to build - a wonderful record of the construction.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Feb 2014 5:10PM
excellent composition with all the men seen as silhouettes. I take it these are not Amish?
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Feb 2014 5:21PM
@Annette--- they are all Amish--- It seems each group have their own rules re: use of tools, phones, etc.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 6:13PM
Nice setSmile

Great set Jenn. I saw the same programme as Mick. It was amazing. Cathy
myrab 12 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:52PM
Lovely images, lovely story.

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 1:32PM
Two great images, excellent structure.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
7 Feb 2014 1:35PM
that's craftsmanship....

excellent photography
7 Feb 2014 3:54PM
We can't think of using so much timber, A fine set
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 11:43AM
That's how to get things done.


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