Description Battered And Leaning, its tin all askewThe walls barely holding not one floor, but two.Within this old homestead, one can still hear the soundOf children laughing and playing and running around.Mother trying her best to corral the young beastsWhilst from the kitchen she prepares such a feast.Outside Pa is working from dawn until duskThe corn fields a-popping with corn still to husk.This homestead has seen many a good year beforeBut, Battered And Leaning, it shan't see much more.~ Original verse by Betty NorthcuttPhotograph taken on Hwy. 62 in Gateway, ArkansasThis image is COPYRIGHT REGISTERED~~ALL RIGHTS RESERVED~~MCN:CU2RB-F1K4H-DR37K
Betty Northcutt, Beckville, Texas Member Since November 2010 Artist Statement “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso
This statement from Picasso sums up what photography does for me. Often in my day-to-day life, I forget about the beautiful things of this world. But, in pausing to photograph a glorious sunset or capture a reflection in water, I stop long enough to “dust” my soul of the everyday life and absorb the peace and serenity which surrounds me.
In my photographic art you will find an underlying theme of stillness - a quiet serenity - sprinkled with a hint of nostalgia. I find a spiritual joy in capturing the colors of nature’s palette; its hues blended by natural light. In an abandoned building, I revel in an imagined history and marvel at the bare essentials of its structure. I delight in the creation of a still life that can evoke emotion.
It is my intent to offer images which “dust” the soul. I can only hope that the peace and serenity I found while capturing these images will extend to others.