Can you smell it?

June 04, 2013  •  2 Comments

While spending few hours on the tractor a couple of weeks ago.  In between the rains...  I decided to start working on a personal project with my photography.  To get back to the reason I love taking pictures.  Pictures should invoke feelings, an emotion, or a memory.  There are other things that do the same.  Like what you ask... let me tell you.  Smells!  Smells have always had a strong connection to memories for me.  Sometimes I can be walking in the mall and I'll smell something and I'm suddenly standing in my grandma's bathroom that is filled with the scent of her powder that's in a pink floral round container on the counter with the pink powder puff with the satin bow on top.  If you are older than 30 you might just remember when every lady had a fancy powder puff.  Ok, maybe that would be older than 40.  Sometimes I will catch a whiff of a smell and I'll try as I might to remember what that smell reminds me off.  Sometimes it takes me a long time to figure it out, other times it comes to me right away.  Anyway, I think you are getting the idea of what I'm talking about.  Being I can't exactly produce "smells"  I thought for my personal project I would take pictures of things that have a distinct smell and memory for me.  Hopefully they will bring back some memories for you.

I will be posting these images on my website in a gallery named "Can you smell it".  I hope your stop back from time to time and take a walk with me down memory lane.  Maybe my "project" will help you take notice of the "smells" in your memory.

Being it's spring I thought I would start there.  Spring is a busy time on the farm but there are those things that make you stop in your tracks and take notice.  Things that shout "Hey, it's Spring!".   To me that smell is the scent of freshly tilled soil.  That musky smell of decaying plant matter and moisture that is filled with the promise of life.   Another crop of food and fiber to continue the cycle of life year after year.  It's humbling to take a deep breath of this scent and know that your great, great grandparents knew that same smell and felt that same promise of new life that keeps bringing you back to the soil every spring.  And if you pay close attention you will notice that that smell from that dirt in the spring is different than the smell of that same dirt after you work it in the fall.  It's something special that the earth has been holding tight to itself until spring when it releases it for us enjoy.  A gift for us.  Her way of telling us that it's time to get back to work and feed the world.

 

Can you smell it?

 


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Kristie Sundeen(non-registered)
Yep, I can smell it!! Love the smell, but will say that I love the smell of harvest better!
Mindy Peltier(non-registered)
What a wonderful post! I love the thought of photographing your "smells."

Yep, can smell the dirt from here. The dirt here is disgusting, nothing like the ND dirt that is so rich you can eat it if your crop doesn't turn out. Can hardly wait for the other posts!
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