A favorite photography subject: Tractors
Tractor photography season is here, at least that’s how I see it. I live in a rural area of New Hampshire near the Vermont boarder and one thing we have plenty of is tractors and nice old vintage tractors. These are not museum pieces although we have those also on display at the Tunbridge World’s Fair and the Cornish County Fair and other places around the area. Clubs dedicated to restoring and preserving old tractors.
But beyond the museum pieces we have a lot of great old farm equipment in use in the hay fields and pastures around the region. Beautiful old beasts, some in great shape, others coaxed into working condition with a squirt of oil and a kick to the carburetor.
I’ve come to know several of these great old farm machines as they move around the neighborhood plowing this field one week and another the next week. Some of the old Ford machines have nice rounded bonnets that remind me of art deco styling in their blue and white two tone paint jobs. The John Deere’s sport their famous green and yellow colors while the MF’s wear a coat of red paint. No to be confused by the really one machines covered in rust.
Newer machines seem to be eye popping orange or bright red or that green/yellow combination. One thing you can tell by looking in the yard of a local farmer is the brand loyality. These beasts of the fields seem to last forever and if they ever are retired usually they are added to the line up in the back 40 or out by the utility barn. Maybe they’ll be scavenged for parts or be restored at some later date if there is any time left after a busy day working the farm but one thing seems for certain, its tough to get a loyal customer to switch brands, at least by the look of things.