Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Revisiting the Kipton Grain Elevator in 2020

March 22, 2020

The Kipton grain elevator series started October 24, 2014. Last Sunday I went back to Kipton. Among the grain-elevator ruins a local farmer has erected some new silos and paraphernalia, but those aren’t what interested me during this trip. I’d love to show you close-up details of many of these photographs, but that would make this post ridiculously long. I restrained myself to one, #22. Tell me if there are any other photos whose details you would like to see, and I’ll put them in the Other Files section of the blog.

























25 responses

  1. I like details ☺️


    March 22, 2020 at 3:18 AM

    • OK, Peter. I’ve added two more close crops in the Other Files section. Click on Kipton Grain Elevator Details. Enjoy.

      Later: Now three.


      March 22, 2020 at 12:14 PM

  2. Sue

    Ah, rust, flaking paint and abandonment…..great images, Linda


    March 22, 2020 at 4:48 AM

    • I wonder if rust, flaking paint, and abandonment appeal especially to photographers or whether everyone likes to look at them (as long as their personal property isn’t involved). Thanks, Sue.

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      March 23, 2020 at 3:49 PM

  3. Do you know what created those two yellow arcs in #5?


    March 22, 2020 at 6:05 AM

  4. What an interesting place. A veritable treasure trove of photogenic features. great pictures.


    March 22, 2020 at 6:57 AM

    • Thanks, Jessica. Yes, it really was a treasure trove. I’ll bet I could go back tomorrow (except that we’re in lockdown in the state of Ohio) and find even more to photograph.

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      March 23, 2020 at 3:52 PM

      • We are “socially distancing” but in effect really “self-isolating”. It is all getting a bit frightening isn’t it? We are still able to go out into the area around our flat for fresh air and exercise (and to take photographs) as long as we keep 6 feet away from any person we meet.

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        March 23, 2020 at 4:16 PM

        • What you describe is pretty much how it is here, too, Jessica. I can’ imagine going through this without the internet. Take care.


          March 24, 2020 at 11:25 AM

  5. Wonderful!


    March 22, 2020 at 9:52 AM

  6. Rust never sleeps. Neither, apparently, do you. Splendid!

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    March 22, 2020 at 12:52 PM

  7. I’m a big fan of peeling paint and doors and windows, Linda, so this has everything I like in one post. Nice work.


    March 22, 2020 at 1:13 PM

  8. So, the grain elevator, not the river. All good. I actually like #21 better than the close-up. For me, #21 has that classic built environment-being-taken-over-by-nature look, enhanced by the warm weird greens against the cold bluish grays. #3 is very elegant: perfect framing. Almost all of these photos are exactly the same proportions, aren’t they? Are you so careful you don’t have to crop when you get home, or are you just always maintaining the proportions when you crop? Those odd arcing shapes in #5 are curious, and I like the clean contrasts in #7. #8 has story potential – I like that very much. The busted flooring, the discarded items with that straightforward symmetry are really nice. It invites me to wonder more than #9 does – does that make sense? I love #10 – what’s that twisted metal thing? That one has a wonderful collection of surfaces. In #12, those textures, wow! A find! Your framing in #13 is poetic – the slice of landscape in the background gives the image a forlorn, and larger context. The vines growing diagonally are nice on #15 and #16 is appealing for the motley bits of stuff that all seem to fit into basic shapes like rectangle, triangle, etc.
    The bird in #18 – what a serendipitous touch! AND the power lines, perfect. The sheer elegance in #19 is soothing, kind of an echo of #3. The last two make a good pair. You had a great day, I’m glad. The virus was the last thing on your mind while you were shooting, right? I hope so!


    March 23, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    • Well, no, not exactly. The grain elevator was the Sunday before. I think that mostly I don’t crop in Lightroom. I do not maintain proportions. I don’t care what the proportions are as long as I like the shape of the frame. That makes printing and matting more laborious, but takes only a sliver of extra time when the photo is destined for email or web. Number 7 has that blue-and-orange coloring that I favor. The blue of the steel is something overlooked when seeing the whole silo. It’s only when I photographed it up close that I noticed how blue it was in some spots. Number 8 is more complex than #9. I prefer it, too. It’s hard for me to decide whether to include a photo that isn’t as strong as others. On the one hand, I want to show only the best work, but on the other I want the series to be complete. I took many more than 24 photos at the grain elevator, but maybe I could have been even more selective. Do you ever struggle with this? I can’t remember what the twisted metal thing in #10 is. Funny, I almost didn’t include that photo. There are so many choices in framing that I (and probably others) make subconsciously. For example, I don’t know what made me include the landscape in #13. Somehow it just had to be that way. Glad it strikes you as poetic. Yes, in #16 we have triangle, rectangle, and Oklahoma. The bird in #18 did me such a favor. He just stayed there while I tried several different exposures. You’re right, I didn’t spend much time thinking about the virus, but then that was way back on March 15, before things got this bad. Still, even now I can get lost in photographing and processing. How glad I am of that.


      March 24, 2020 at 11:11 AM

  9. I love the whole serie. The colour, the atmosphere, the whole vibe. Beautiful.


    March 29, 2020 at 1:26 PM

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