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I found this old truck while driving around looking for photos. I suppose that anywhere there are farms in the world, there is old equipment lying around.

As farmers modernize, one can sense a life-way fading away. We like to think of farmers as close to the land, sensitive to the ways of earth and weather and living things. This may still be the case, but with modern combines and high-tech equipment, it is just a bit harder to believe, perhaps.

In any case, it is fun and nostalgic to come across these relics that represent days in which the family farmer could eek out a living. It has always been difficult, but many farmers are now selling their land here in Cache Valley, Utah to real estate developers who make small units of houses called subdivisions. Indeed, this land did have a "For Sale" sign on it; it's right behind me here as I shoot.

I can understand any such exchange from the points of view of both farmer and developer, but it will be sad to see open space replaced with homes that all look, somewhat, the same.

PP: I really wanted to preserve the feel and textures here, but I also wanted for this photo to be very high contrast. So I experimented with b/w conversion, using things like the watercolor filter in small amounts, as well as the channel mixer, and finally converting it to bitmap to get the grainy, textured look. I kind of enjoy the look, and am in the mind that it captures not only what my camera saw, but what I felt as I took the several dozen photos of this place to find a decent shot.

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