Regionally known barn photographer Owen Ensrud of Jackson, Minn. is showing selections from his work documenting barns of the Upper Midwest as the July artist for the Neighborhood Artist Revue, sponsored by the Excel! Estherville
Arts & Culture Committee.
Ensrud will exhibit his work at NorthStar Bank at 2202 Central Ave. through July and at Little Swan Lake Winery north of Superior in August. He rotates his exhibit weekly, showing 18 prints at any given time.
Owen Ensrud of Jackson, Minn. is the July artist in the Neighborhood Artist Revue, sponsored by the Excel! Estherville Arts & Culture Committee.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
Ensrud's lens has quite virtually captured history - most of the barns he documented earlier on film are now gone.
To date, Ensrud has photographed 250-275 barns. He's made 100 prints 13-by-19 in size. His work includes mainly Minnesota and Iowa with some in Wisconsin.
Ensrud's approach to photographing barns is pretty straightforward - he always asks first. And he automatically gives prints who the people whose barns he photographs.
Folks are pretty much always ready to oblige, because they're proud of their barns and that someone would take the time and effort to photography them.
Sometimes they don't know too much about the barns on their property, and sometimes they know a great deal.
One of the most impressive barns he's photographed is a double dairy barn just south of Byron, Minn. near Highway 14.
Another was an octagon barn south of Le Center that he's photographed three or four times.
He's also photographed barns converted into homes - one of the closest northeast of Hartley.