Being a bit of a recreational luddite, I find myself often romanticizing the past. It’s easy to think of times-gone-by fondly, or at least idealize them as simpler if not superior. I like cars without airbags and shoulder belts. I like mechanical wrist watches and nixie tubes. Not necessarily because they’re better and sometimes expressly because they’re not.
We travel frequently throughout New England and tacked this excursion to Old Sturbridge Village onto a November homeschool trip to Boston.
OSV is a living museum covering over 200 acres with working farms and mills. It exists in a slice of time meant to best represent the 1790s through 1830s. The buildings are either accurate reconstructions, or purchased and reassembled from other parts of New England. You really need to turn your phone off and spend a day in the quiet to appreciate it. It was a weekday in late November so we had the run of the place at a reduced admission.
This trip was a few years ago and I was shooting with my Fuji GA645 (which I’ll gush and go on about in a review sometime soon). The Fuji is a fully automatic marvel, sharp and quick though not particularly stealthy.
The “residents” at the Village are happy to chat and have their photos taken, and the late fall air had many of them indoors around stoves or bundled against the wind if working outdoors.
The Central Meetinghouse was a dream to shoot in, with massive glazing on both sides. It was chilly, though.
This potter chatted with us for a while. He was an investment professional in Boston for his adult life and was enjoying his work at the Village as his retirement. He was proficient at his trade. These two following images are my favourites from the visit. I could have used a stop more speed but the silky, classic character of Ilford FP4 shines through. Leaf shutters make the most of light like this.
Images in this set are courtesy of Fuji GA645, 4.0 EBC Fujinon loaded with Ilford FP4. Processing and scans are Ilfosol3 and Epson Perfection 3200 Photo.