I love history. The facts and actions of the past fascinate me for many reasons. I know that the answers we need now, in our present over indulged world, are found in the past. It is hard to imagine a world so different than ours. This past Saturday I, once again, spent a day exploring Olde Sturbridge Village. OSV never fails to educate and inspire me. The village is comprised of several original buildings gathered from around New England and set up as a typical village in 1830. To explore OSV means you are stepping back in time to get a glimpse of life long before industrialization and our present creature comforts. A simpler way of living means a more simple life. We should learn from that.
Every time I visit any place, I try to find my inspiration for shooting there. I always ask myself “What is the story here?” I do everything I can to strip down my vision to the pulse of what is essential and what details add to that story. To me, OSV is all about people. Buildings, farms, stores, churches, and shops are all interesting and full of detail but, inevitably, the story is about how people lived and survived almost 200 years ago. The village is a true living history.
Our history holds the keys to our future. Again, a simpler way of living means living a more simple life. Just sayin’.
Photograph What You Feel
Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens