8-20-2015 - Shaker Village Pleasant Hill - Some Where Down The Road

Shaker Village Pleasant Hill

I love unplanned adventures and today was just one of those.

A little history to get us started.  

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. With 34 original Shaker structures, the site is home to the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings and is the largest National Historic Landmark in Kentucky.

For centuries, the site has inspired, comforted and been sanctuary to many people, plants and animals. Each of Shaker Village’s 34 historic structures was built with materials that were readily available from Shaker lands—quarried limestone, kiln-fired clay bricks and hand-planed old growth timbers. The buildings are surrounded by 3,000 acres of conserved farmland, native prairies, forests and wetlands, establishing a mixed-use nature preserve and protecting the original viewshed that contextualizes the historic buildings. This relationship between the built environment and the landscape creates an undeniable sense of wonder along the rock fence-lined roads, across the rising hills and through the hallways of the imposing buildings. They perfectly coexist and cannot be separated.

The Shaker people believed that their Crafts, Food, Buildings, Furniture and Daily Work was prayer and was revered as sacred and a necessary part of their beliefs.  Each element of the Shaker life was meticulously crafted and designed for function and praise.

OK, so today I decided to go and see what the day had in store and I found myself traveling to familiar territory.  I have been here many times and it seems everytime I return there are new aspects of this place I discover.

Today was a fun but very quick shoot.  I shot a lot of images in a very short time period.  Once I decided to go to Shaker Village I knew what and where I wanted to focus my efforts. so accomplishing my images was really not that difficult.  I try to alway focus on LIGHT first and not see the pretty things, but rather how the light is affecting those pretty things.  As you have seen I also shot some video along the way, however I did not video all the elements of this shoot , but I tried to capture the main areas.

I think many times when we find a location, whether we have been there before or not, we tend to overlook the most important aspects, the areas that tend to really tell the story of the place.  I try very hard for that not to happen,but I am not always at the right place at the right time.  So, with that said, I hope I have offered a complete view of what Shaker Village Pleasant Hill is all about.  Stay with me as we discover more beautiful images Somewhere Down The Road.

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