Chances

by Marsha April. 15, 2012 3510 views

I've posted a couple shots from this old farmstead already, the open “hay door” of the barn and yesterday's blue door on the house. Here are a few more and a story to go with them.

This old farm is in the very small town of Florissant, CO and visible from the highway that runs through town. You know me (and I know you) - had to go shoot it! There were no “No Trespassing” signs - the place was deserted so it had to be okay!

I was shooting the interesting wire fence near the driveway when I heard a car roar in, stop, and turned to see a woman and man get out of the car and come storming towards me. Yikes!

They said loudly, “WHAT are you DOING??!!!

I was like, ”Um, um, I'm just taking some photos…of this fence.“ (It was true).

They pointed at my husband who was further inside the property looking at the old barn and said, ”NO, HIM!! What's HE doing??!!“

Well, to make a long story short, by the time we'd talked awhile things calmed down, we discovered a common interest in photography, and they realized we meant no harm.

They said they'd had things stolen so were wary when they saw (from their house a distance away) people at the old place. They talked some about the history of the place and also told the story of the Swedish clothing company who'd rented the farm a few years back to shoot for a new catalog…big motorhomes in the driveway, lots of posing Swedish models, and all!

As they left they said, ”Stay here as long as you want to, walk around the buildings and take as many photos as you wish, it's okay. But if anyone else comes along, please tell them they don't belong here!" Score!!!

I plan to go back, but next time I'll bring some prints of my shots of the old place to give them if they show up again. Nice folks, really!

Chances - Five for Fighting [youtube.com]

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Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 5 months ago

It is nice when it turns out ok and you even end up with some great shots as well.
Seems time stood still at this place.

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Jarvo Laysell 5 years, 5 months ago

They all have such character. Especially the one of the fairy lights.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Christa 5 years, 5 months ago

What an interesting story Marsha, it seems that these people are watching all the time their property, probably with video surveillance. But the shots came out very good, especially the fence :))

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Pandka 5 years, 5 months ago

Great set!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Felecia 5 years, 5 months ago

Yikes! I would have dissolved into tears for sure. Which is a complete defense mechanism. Way to go Marsha! You're my hero.
Wonderful shots!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Moira 5 years, 5 months ago

At least they didn't have rifles that would have been really scary .
Great set .

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Pete 5 years, 5 months ago

that was a close encounter. Great place to shoot

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 5 years, 5 months ago

Must have been a bit scary for awhile! Great shots though!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 5 months ago

great shots and a great story!!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 5 months ago

Interesting story Marsha, and I can add a little to it. I used to buy the occasional garment from a Swedish designer called Gudrun Sjödén - I would describe her style as Rich Hippie. She sends out very beautifully produced mail order catalogues, with beautiful models (of various ages and sizes) in interesting locations worldwide. You guessed it - I seem to remember your location being used. Unfortunately, I had a clear out of old catalogues recently so I am unable to find "your" lovely old farm. Maybe it is still on her web site.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Rob Gant 5 years, 5 months ago

Magnificent set Marsha I like this cant choose just one

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacki 5 years, 5 months ago

Great story!! I really like the shot of the window with the Christmas lights... very cool. The perfect place for photographers, I'm glad it worked out in the end!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Dunja 5 years, 5 months ago

Bravo Marsha! really nice set..complimet :)

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mallusatish Reddy 5 years, 5 months ago

Very interesting and exciting experience glad it ended well,fantastic shots~!~

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 5 years, 5 months ago

I LOVE old places like this. Glad you didn't get shot by the owners!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Finbarr 5 years, 5 months ago

Great shot!!

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