Little Houses

What Is It?

There is one question that tends to push a lot of artists over the edge.   It’s usually a “really?” moment for artists.  When an artist hears “What is it?” it usually sends a chill down their spine.  It’s not a bad question; it’s one I’ve had to ask when visiting some of the more contemporary art museums.  But, when you see it from the artist’s point of view it is a daunting question full of frustrating answers.

You as an artist have had this vision in your head, you’ve managed to photograph it, draw it, or paint it out of your mind and put the subject into the real world.  It took days of processing, scraping and looking at various colors, shapes, focus and detail until your eyes want to bleed, but finally it is perfect according to your vision.

That is when you meet your own personal art critic, the very person you want your art to communicate with and it fails.  They can’t see your masterpiece.  They don’t share your wonder or vision.  They don’t “get it.”

Frustrating?  You bet.  That is why I present today’s work What is it? .   Now, I know I’m spoiling a lot of fun for art critics by beating them to the punch but the truth is; I don’t know.

Yes, I made this photographic work of art.  I like the colors, the lines and the feeling of placement. The texture of the roofs and how they contrast each other alone is worthy of a work of art.  But it’s not why I took the picture.

Nor is the difficulty and challenge of the shot.  It was an overcast day when I visited the Texas State Railroad.  I think this shot is one of my greater technical accomplishments because I managed to get the picture while the train was moving.  Tripods do not work on a moving train so every shot was a gamble of camera settings, light exposure, and shutter speed and the mistress of all outdoor photographers; luck.   Challenging as those conditions were, it’s not why I took this shot.  I took the picture because of curiosity.

I’ve no idea what these little houses are about.  Each of the little houses have a separate color, with different types of roofs.  The doors and windows are not uniformly on the same side, and neither are the hinges and doorknobs.  Even the shutters are different.  Yet, they obviously are uniform in size and built for the same purpose.

Seeing the old farmhouse, you sometimes see old outhouses, or storage sheds, but 6?  Who has 6 outhouses?

So, what do you think they are?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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