Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Collars

This evening I spent some time poking around an old barn. These horse collars hanging on wooden pegs drew my attention.

I could not help but question how this rustic scene came to be. Who hung the collars here on their pegs for the last time? Did they know they would never be used again? What became of this person? Do photographs of the horses who strained in the collars remain in someone’s collection of old family photographs? Perhaps I have the photos in my own family collection.

One thing I can be sure of is the person who hung the collars here never gave it moments thought that some day many years later someone would photograph them and that image would be available for anyone around the world to view. Of that I am certain!

At times it is good to stop for a moment in our busy lives and ponder our surroundings. I always seem to find more questions than answers but the moment is enriching just the same.


photowannabe said...

Oh, I would sure love to know the stories behind the collars. The vintage things that must have some history really capture my attention. Love this shot.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Good post.

Cool lighting in the photo.

Kekiinani said...

Great lighting and nice rustic feel to this image. I am sure there is some great stories to be told about those collars.. :) :) Great capture.. :) Aloha, Renee :)

lv2scpbk said...

I like looking around old buildings. You never know what you may find. Nice photo.

Gabriella said...


You know, there's like a butt-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I'm pretty good with a bo staff.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Next lines after that..

"Do you ride the bus to school?"

"I ride my bike"

"What kind of bike do you have?"

Pedro: (as scene changes to school yard)
"It's a 'Sledgehammer'"

"Sweet!" "Shocks, Pegs, Lucky!"

...I could go all day.

Unknown said...

Well you already know this is my kinda shot. Love it! And, yeah, you sure wonder about these collars. No doubt the person who did hang those things would be totally shocked that people all around the world are seeing them and even discussing them. Good find.

Mike Young said...

Neat shot and some great thoughts and questions. History is kind of like that. I like poking around old things. My favorite is to look as some of the old tools and household gadgets. You got to wonder what some of them were used for.

Ed U. Cayshun said...

Great picture! I have tried my hand at photography and found that I really don't have the eye for it! I admire your "eye". Again, great picture.

Ed U. Cayshun

JAM said...

I wonder stuff like that too. Especially in situations like this, as if life stopped and the people disappeared.

Coy Hill said...

Thanks to all for the nice comments, very much appreciated!