Description I spotted this 1955 Diamond T pumper fire truck on Hwy. 71 in Mena, Arkansas which had been decommissioned and retired.A fire engine may have several methods of pumping water onto the fire, such as passing water obtained from a fire hydrant through hoses or using a pumping 'cannon' (also known as a monitor or deck gun); some trucks have an onboard water reservoir. Early pumpers used cisterns as a source of water. Many rural fire engines still rely upon cisterns or other sources for drafting water into the pumps.After speaking with Mr. Larry Lay, the Fire Chief of Shady Grove, I learned a little bit of this old truck's service history. Shady Grove Rural Volunteer Fire Department aquired this truck around 1985, after it had already served its function for some 30 years! Shady Grove RVFD then put it to use about 13 years before retiring it. The current owner, Mr. Carl Osthoff of Hatfield, Arkansas stated, 'It still runs good and the pump still works!' They sure don't make them like they used to!Digitally manipulated photograph.Scaled to a square format.This image is COPYRIGHT REGISTERED~~ALL RIGHTS RESERVED~~MCN:CAVV4-L99RG-KCQ8R
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.