Posted on Aug.16, 2010, under Michigan
(Olympus OM-4, Ecktachrome, exposure unrecorded)
Years ago, in the late 60’s and early 70’s, an artist by the name of Doug Tyler painted several barns in Southeastern Michigan. His work included the Mona Lisa, Eisan’s ‘Standing Woman’, John Copley’s ‘Paul Revere’ and the one you see above, ‘Castiglione’ by Raphael. This barn, which unfortunately no longer exists, was located on US-23 north of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I used to see this barn, and the Paul Revere barn which was on the other side of the highway, on a regular basis as I drove US-23 between my hometown of Saginaw and Ann Arbor to attend college.
Several years ago I took my camera and took some shots of this barn. The image had been getting more and more weathered and the barn wasn’t looking too good either. I figured I better take the picture before the image and/or the barn was gone. A couple of years ago I was driving in the area and noticed that the barn had been replaced. No more ‘Castiglione’. Across the highway the ‘Paul Revere’ barn was also either gone or had been repainted.
The image above was taken with an Olympus OM-4 and shot on Kodak Ecktachome. I used a scanner to scan the slide and did some work in Photoshop and added some tonemapping in Photomatix to get the look you see above. The original image, scanned from the 35mm slide is below:
By way of comparison, the original work by Raphael can be seen here
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