Saving barns is a mission and a passion. Barn Believers celebrates the work of good people!
We are honored to share the work of photographers whose images are drawing the attention of thousands through the Facebook site, Michigan Old Barns. They are recording history, inspiring others, and stirring conversation. Our deepest thanks to these amazing artists who see with their hearts and capture with their cameras.
Don Armstrong: I first learned photography in the early 1970s while serving in the Marine Corps and later studied at Lansing Community College. My first love is landscape photography which includes anything old and historical. Whenever I get the opportunity to see these old buildings it brings back memories of people and places that are dear to me. I love being outdoors and have photographed subjects ranging from mountain peaks to rosebuds in our backyard.
Dave Carson: I was born and raised in suburban Detroit. But every camping trip as a kid, sitting in the back of the Ford Country Squire station wagon, drew me to abandoned houses, farms, barns, and lighthouses. I always wondered why they were abandoned, empty, run down, but in their time, very important to a family.
My first camera at 18, was a Pentax ME 35mm, and the photography bug was prevalent thru my twenties. My wife, kids and coaching youth hockey (30 years now) became my passions, teaching the life lessons that may be missing in today’s youth. My passion for photography was reignited in the summer of 2019 with the purchase of my first digital camera. Photography allows me to relax and get away from the daily hustle and bustle of today’s world. Just me, my camera and a lighthouse or barn.
Gary Ennis: I live in Traverse City, Michigan, and have had a love for photography since the age of about 12 when it was only film. My favorite things to shoot are landscapes and barns and the two go together very well. I spend a lot of time going down rural country roads. My dad taught me well and it is amazing what you find off the main roads. I also spend much time in the UP and the old farms up there are nothing short of amazing.
Lisa Heine: I'm an old soul from Michigan that loves to shoot historic barns, weathered lighthouses, rusty wheels and worn objects. There is a certain comfort in seeing these old structures as it reminds me of simpler times. What stories do they tell? What can we learn from them?
I find most of these fading beauties in the backroads of Michigan. One day nature will consume them, and our photos is all we’ll have left. I shoot with a Nikon D750 with various lenses and do slight enhancement edits in Photoshop.
Michelle Jordan: I am a retail manager and take photos of barns because I love them and it is my stress release. My grandpa was a barn builder and I find myself drawn to these old pieces of history. They are a part of history that we are losing very fast. I try to capture as many as I can before they are gone forever. I grew up on a beef farm in Michigan and feel I was very fortunate to experience all that small farm life has to offer. I found out you can take the girl off the farm but she won't be happy. I now have my own 40 acre farm in Michigan.
I got into photography about seven years ago and started a photography page called Red Barn Photography inspired by my own red barn. Besides photography I am a avid lover of horses and animals. I enjoy riding and showing horses, flower gardening, reading and kayaking.
Judy Kies: I am a logistics professional and breast cancer survivor. Although I was not raised on a farm, I have many ancestors who were farmers, both here in the United States and in Germany. I am hoping to keep their farming legacies alive through photography. My hope is to document as many Michigan barns as possible. (Photo of Judy by John Sobczak)
Colleen Fitzpatrick McMurray: My love for photography began at a very young age when I realized my parents were not taking pictures of me and my seven younger brothers. I have worked as a portrait photographer and taken many pictures over the years, but nothing gives me a greater joy than to drive in the country and find that next beautiful barn just around the bend. Each barn is unique and has a history that needs to be told. Sharing its picture with the world gives it the voice it might not otherwise have.
Leandro Martins: I received my first camera at the age of 18 and instantly fell in love with the ability to capture moments. That passion continues to this day. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, exploring the outdoors, and photographing historic architecture, barns, nature and landscapes. I see beauty through the lens, and wherever I am, one of my cameras is likely close by.