Old House Across Meadow, Alleghany County, North Carolina

by Kelly Landrum

old house across meadow alleghany county north car seeking critique kelly landrum

Gallery: Mountains and Woods

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Architecture

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D
Date Time Original : 2009-08-22 23:31:53
Focal Length : 180/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/256
Exposure Time : 1/250
Aperture Value : 8.0
F Number : 8.0
Iso Speed Ratings : 1600
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 5
Orientation : 1
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Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows

Published: Monday 24th of August 2009 04:04:15 AM


Landrum Kelly
Here is a "shot that almost was" just about a quarter mile west of this old house at Mabe Rd. and U.S. 221 between Sparta and Jefferson, NC. I went to get a longer lens and she took off with the two fawns. --Lannie

Liz Weisiger
You know, Lannie, this is a nice house. It has a nice tin roof and 2 chimneys, plus a nice front porch. I wonder why it looks abandoned? Kudos to you for finding this. I'm envious.

Jeff Halsey
re: middle of nowhere

Hi. I'm new to this site, but I found your photos today during a lazy Saturday morning browse-session. After looking at your portfolio, I think I like you. I mean I like your eye and I think you've got a real respect for your subjects- people and places. I can't say it any better than that.

I'm just commenting on this image because I see it every day. Not figuratively- I literally live next door. (just to the left of the actual center of nowhere, just between the "w" and the "h")

The house was the center of a working farm for, well, ever. When my grandparents bought the farm next to it, in 1968, there was a tenant farmer, there and for several years after. The owner, who grew up there, still works the land, though he is in his eighties, I think. 

It is a lovely scene, and has been photographed often, I'm sure. I've shot the place several times, myself. My cousin has a print of a nice painting by a "retired Disney set painter" who passed away a few years ago. The local fire department has actually trained there. Sometimes, they store hay on the porch. So, the old house has not been abandoned, just not lived-in, any more.

I'm (absolutely!) not complaining, just commenting on the idea that everyone has their own view, and every image is a photographer's discovery. Your "middle of nowhere" is my "backyard," but your image is your own.

I've had people tell me, "You shot my view," as if they own a particular landscape. In fact, the owner of this particular farm told me his son and grandson saw the print (mentioned above) at some kind of show in Wilkesboro. The little boy ran up and said, "They can't sell Granddaddy's farm!"

Thanks for sharing you great work!


Landrum Kelly

Holy cow!  What are the odds that you would stumble on my photo?!  Thank you so much.  This is great country up on the New River plateau.


Again, thank you!



Landrum Kelly
Old House Across Meadow This old house was in the middle of nowhere somewhere east of NC 133 and Mabe Rd. on U.S. 221 in the high plateau of the headwaters of the New River in Alleghany County, NC.


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