In Praise of Barns

I’ve always loved barns. Whenever I drive in the country, I seek them out. I shoot photos from the outside, and invariably, since they are seldom locked, from the inside. Many is the time I’ve stepped inside a barn and been stunned by the beauty. The architecture of necessity. My kind of cathedral.

   For years I’ve been meaning to do a book on barns, and have quite a collection of barn books. (This isn’t all of them.)

   I just discovered a drop-dead book of barn photos. I read it in bed last night and ended up putting about 20 markers in on pages with beautiful photos.

   It’s Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana, by Chere Justo & Christine W.Brown, with photos by Tom Ferris. It’s the best barn book I’ve ever seen (and all these barns are in the state of Montana!). See: for lots of photos from the book.

6 Responses to In Praise of Barns

  1. Do you know about the Barn Charm meme? – Margy

  2. Martin says:

    There are no photos at the link

  3. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Works for me. Try the full URL: (Copy and paste in.)

  4. Montana: where getting your family and your animals through the winter is serious business. It's no wonder they have great barns!

  5. I also have a love affair with barns, and when I was in Maine a couple of years ago, got to see some great ones. Many were attached to the homes, a cold weather thing. And many were abandoned, both homes and barns alike. Yes, I can see a barn book in your future! Color me a buyer.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You haven't lived until you've spent at least one night in a barn, sleeping in the hayloft; just you, and the barn cats, and the rustle of mice in the hay, and the barn owl hooting and cooing. At night the moonlight drifts through the holes in the wood made by the drying out of the boards, and in the morning the sun sifts through, and you can see the dust in the air, and the cats and mouse are asleep, and you're the only one awake in your magical, hay-scented world.

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