A Dark and Dreary Central Oregon Day. This photo was taken November of 2010.
This was a blustery and stormy late afternoon. The light was flat but the clouds were big. I photographed this wide to include the powerful sky, and processed it dark to express the mood of the scene that day.
I have always loved this old house. I remember photographing this place before it became popular. It’s rare when an Oregon landscape photographer doesn’t have a photo in their portfolio of this location. Unfortunately the popularity of the location may eventually become the demise of this old home.
If my experience is applied to this old home the owner will eventually consider demolishing it due to trespassers. The owner has a no trespassing sign clearly displayed but he tells stories of how bold some people can be in their pursuit of a unique photo of this place. The building is in very bad and unstable condition and an injury could easily happen. And furthermore the traffic of people walking around the house would wear the crop that he grows in the field.
The reality of the situation is clear. He doesn’t want people in there no matter the reason.
When you’re out in the field please remember to be an ethical photographer and respect private property. It helps maintain respect that others have for the photography community.