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jp80874
09-22-2011, 07:25 PM
We have a new opportunity this event. You have heard me talk about and seen some of my prints of the amazing, living history museum in the neighborhood. Several of you have asked if we could all shoot there. The owner has agreed. He would appreciate copies of some of your images later on. He enjoys documenting the place and learning how others see his collection.

Here is how he describes his project. “Richfield Ohio’s Jim Fry has created The Museum of Western Reserve Farms and Equipment, dedicated to preserving the tools, equipment, skills and way of life lived by Ohioans in the 1800s. Mr. Fry, a farmer, historian, and artist, has collected 44 buildings including what may be the largest surviving early blacksmith shop in Ohio, the oldest barn in the state, the Stouffer farm smokehouse, and one of the largest surviving post and beam barns in Summit County. The farm is constantly evolving as animals, tools, buildings, machines, in various states of preservation are added or combined into exhibits.”

Jim’s 48 acre museum is about two miles from our house. We can have the place pretty much to ourselves Saturday or we can join Richfield’s History Society’s tour Sunday. Some times observing other’s reactions to a place is as interesting as the place.

John

Charlie Wheelihan
09-22-2011, 08:04 PM
John,

I haven't forgotten about you!! I am still trying to swing the trip if I am able. I have been busy trying to finish everything I need to shoot wet plate. Been trying to get there before the weather turns and forces me to figure out lighting for inside winter. Oh yeah and not spend any more money!! :)

Just finished the last thing this week, my dark box. Just have to get a few water jugs to handle the rinse and waste issues... Not sure if I will have a way to be relatively portable with it yet though.

So,....if I can make it, Any room for wet plate shooters? Coffee wielding, wet plate shooters?

jp80874
09-22-2011, 08:53 PM
Charlie,

You are most welcome. If you can finish the gear fine, but if not, fine. That is a self imposed goal. We are happy to have you come with or with out wet plate or coffee. The person is important, not the pieces-parts.

John

daleeman
09-22-2011, 08:58 PM
This would be a very exciting Saturday for us. Tell us more.


We have a new opportunity this event. You have heard me talk about and seen some of my prints of the amazing, living history museum in the neighborhood. Several of you have asked if we could all shoot there. The owner has agreed. He would appreciate copies of some of your images later on. He enjoys documenting the place and learning how others see his collection.

Here is how he describes his project. “Richfield Ohio’s Jim Fry has created The Museum of Western Reserve Farms and Equipment, dedicated to preserving the tools, equipment, skills and way of life lived by Ohioans in the 1800s. Mr. Fry, a farmer, historian, and artist, has collected 44 buildings including what may be the largest surviving early blacksmith shop in Ohio, the oldest barn in the state, the Stouffer farm smokehouse, and one of the largest surviving post and beam barns in Summit County. The farm is constantly evolving as animals, tools, buildings, machines, in various states of preservation are added or combined into exhibits.”

Jim’s 48 acre museum is about two miles from our house. We can have the place pretty much to ourselves Saturday or we can join Richfield’s History Society’s tour Sunday. Some times observing other’s reactions to a place is as interesting as the place.

John

winger
09-23-2011, 08:35 AM
Since I'm thinking of doing a day trip on Sat, that living museum would be really cool.

jp80874
09-23-2011, 02:03 PM
This would be a very exciting Saturday for us. Tell us more.

Lee,

Here is the rest of my Artist statement for the twenty pictures I made in my spring 2011 course.

ďMr. Fry has graciously allowed me to photograph the museum, documenting with a large format camera, a tool of that time, what is there, while looking for the unusual, the out of place, the abstract, beautiful juxtapositions, formalism and transition. The large 8x10 negatives produce unexpected detail. Controlled perspective and small apertures allow for deep depth of field. This work continues my series on the aging and entropy of man-made structures in north east Ohio. In my former career I was forever trying to be on the cutting edge, selling the latest software technology. Now in my retirement I enjoy time travel to the mechanical engineering of one hundred and fifty years ago.Ē

Jim Fry has laid out the museum as a village. Each building in the village is a business taken from its time and furnished with objects serving that purpose in that era. From memory these are: Pewter and Tinsmith, Slaughter House, Smoke House, Wagon and Wheel Repair Shop, Sawmill, Post Office, Library, Weaver, Printer, Machine Repair Shop. There are several more buildings that I have not yet explored.

The barns and fields are crammed with rusting farm equipment showing 100 years of evolution and entropy. He breeds rare birds and animals. There are sheep, goats, turkeys, cattle, chickens, hogs that are different from modern ones in ways that I have not pursued with him. He and his wife have several organic gardens. Yesterday they were laying out 100+ pumpkins to sell. They had staged a traditional setting with a split rail fence, corn stalks, an Amish buggy and a horse drawn planter. You can buy fresh farm eggs or chickens to butcher and cook in your tents or motels if you like.

Friday night I will show the twenty images again from last spring and some new ones I have made recently, so you can have one personís view of what is there. The point though is that each one of us will see it in very different ways.

Jimís is a very generous offer. I trust you will show the respect for his property and efforts that you have shown for our home. I know it will be a while before you will have prints, but he will be very grateful if you will send some of your results later in the season. If he is happy, shooting here could be very enjoyable for us for years to come.

John

Jeff Bannow
09-23-2011, 02:07 PM
Sounds like an interesting opportunity!

jp80874
09-23-2011, 02:08 PM
Since I'm thinking of doing a day trip on Sat, that living museum would be really cool.

Beth,

I will PM directions from our house so you can join us when you arrive. You may want to find and introduce yourself to Jimís wife. She had a baby in June and has what I think is about a two year old daughter. As I understand it she is try to introduce them to traditional ways of farm life. I am really not certain what that means to a young mother.

John

jp80874
09-23-2011, 02:14 PM
I should mention that Jim has very strong political views. Yesterday while I was filming pumpkins Rush Limbaugh was blaring out of a radio set up so Jim could hear him while working on a project. Dolly's brother Wes is in his own words a flaming liberal, in mine, more flaming than liberal. Jim and Wes used to be friends. Please take that as a warning not to rock the boat. I hope to be welcome there for several years.

John

winger
09-23-2011, 07:52 PM
Beth,

I will PM directions from our house so you can join us when you arrive. You may want to find and introduce yourself to Jimís wife. She had a baby in June and has what I think is about a two year old daughter. As I understand it she is try to introduce them to traditional ways of farm life. I am really not certain what that means to a young mother.

John

Cool! Thanks! It sounds like a very interesting place.

mjs
09-23-2011, 09:19 PM
That sounds great, John! Now I have another excuse to load up some 8x10 holders!

Mike

jp80874
09-24-2011, 07:06 AM
Mike,

Is that a round about way of saying the chances of your coming have improved? If so Great. Glad to have you.

John

jp80874
09-24-2011, 09:16 AM
A week from the event it looks like 21 people will be attending. If you are lurking and would like to come, please do. PM me your contact information, your emergency contact information and whether you will be camping or not. Lurkers are welcome. I will send directions when I receive your information.

John

htimsdj
09-24-2011, 08:17 PM
John -

This sounds great, I can't wait. I have cleared more of my schedule and hope to be there the whole weekend this time. Also, the nearby living history museum sounds very interesting and will definitely be an incentive to bring the 4x5.

see you in a week.

Jeff

mjs
09-24-2011, 08:37 PM
I've gotten the day off (my network admin won't be leaving us quite yet,) so yes, I'm definitely coming. Staying at a motel, again. I'm really looking forward to the trip.

Mike

jp80874
09-25-2011, 07:44 AM
Jeff,

Happy you will be with us most of the time. I found much of interest to shoot close to the car. This can be a savior with gear that is fairly new to you. I have often found that, yes I have that part-tool-what-have-you, but it is back at the car.

Mike,

Glad the help did depart you when it was this important. Photography First, uber all.

John

daleeman
09-25-2011, 07:40 PM
John -

This sounds great, I can't wait. I have cleared more of my schedule and hope to be there the whole weekend this time. Also, the nearby living history museum sounds very interesting and will definitely be an incentive to bring the 4x5.

see you in a week.

Jeff

Jeff,
Looking forward to seeing you. Hope to shoot some portraits besides other things. Bring your smile!
Lee

daleeman
09-26-2011, 08:20 PM
T-4 and counting, all systems Go.
Is there a weather report yet?
L.

jp80874
09-26-2011, 08:41 PM
T-4 and counting, all systems Go.
Is there a weather report yet?
L.

I use weather.com and zip code 44286 (Richfield, OH). You can look it up anytime. It changes frequently. Lee L has another source that he likes better. I canít use it though because they use colored chart lines and Iím color blind. Maybe he will post the url for you.

As of Monday 9:30 PM the forecast is:

Friday few showers, 30% chance of rain, high 54, low 45
Saturday few showers, 30% chance rain, high 50, low 44
Sunday mostly sunny, 10% chance rain, high 57, low 46

For those camping, bring a ground cloth.

John

Lee L
09-26-2011, 10:58 PM
Here are links to the NWS hourly graphical info I like, set to Richfield, OH, but like all forecasts it's more accurate as the time nears. The graph has toggles for solid/dash&dot lines and for color/B&W shown in brackets at the upper right of the chart. Changing to dash&dot puts different shaped data points on the chart with differently dashed lines for each data line, so that's a bit easier to read if you can't distinguish colors, but it's still not as easy to read as color. The chart shows two days at a time, and you can jump forward and back two days at a time with the controls at the right just above the graphs. You can also check/uncheck the data you do or don't want to see in the charts.

solid lines
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.24013&lon=-81.62842&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical

different dots and dashes
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.24013&lon=-81.62842&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical&dd=1

As of now, NWS says it will be clearing through the weekend from 75% down to 15% sky cover, highs in the mid/high 50's. 25% chance of rain Sat morning, then decreasing to below 14% chance of precip, down to 5%.

Lee