Photographer David Price captures special landscape in township

HOWARD —You might be surprised to see five foot by seven foot photographic prints of barns hanging on barns along Craig Road during Howard Old Home Day on Aug. 13.

The work, the brainchild of local resident David Price, is the culmination of a year-long project. In addition, a selection of framed prints will be on display at the Howard Library and the Howard Historical Society that day.

Join residents in Howard to discover the work and see if you can identify the barns.

Price, a professional photographer who relocated to Howard four years ago, found a wealth of photographic possibilities as he traveled the hills and valleys of Steuben County. What particularly moved him were barns.

“When I first thought of the project, I thought I’d find a few barns, but they’re every 20 feet, all in various stages of disrepair,” Price said. “Some in use, some abandoned. Some that fell down right after I took their picture like they were waiting for me.”

Price explained that he was inspired by a lecture given by Craig Braack of the Allegany Historical Society had a passion for these old structures which record the history of the community.

“These barns are so much a part of the landscape that most people don’t see them,” Price said. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone. They become a pile of lumber covered with vegetation and animal life.”

The project, “Barns of Steuben County” was made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.