Traditional Valais Barn
I often find inspiration for locations from the work of other photographers, although my intention is never to duplicate their work.

This small barn appears in several wonderful images by the Swiss photographer, Paul Schilliger, whose work has been a particular inspiration to me. Although I arrived at this location in the hope of capturing an original image, it soon became apparent that modern incursions (it is, after all, part of a working farm and not a museum) greatly restrict the number of viewpoints where one may make a pleasing photograph. Try as I might, I could not find an original viewpoint which worked but it's such an attractive and timeless scene I felt I had to make my own image anyway.
Location: Forclaz, Canton Valais, Switzerland
Date: 08.2008
Medium: 5x4 transparency