In college I took an American history class under a professor who passionately despised how history was taught in public schools. Honestly, I believe he despised any teaching of history that did not happen by him and in his seminars. He said they were full of “linear tidiness,” moving from major event to major event. So for his lectures, he would bring in mundane objects or old slide photographs of unknown places or people. From these object or slides, he would reconstruct an entire history. One lecture he brought in some barbs and wire with barbs on them. He went on to tell us about the barb wire inventor and patents and how it was testament of early American entrepreneurism. Then on asides, he pointed out how barb wire changed the entire landscape of America and had tremendous impacts on livestock with the loss of open range grazing…and then how it raised tensions between local farmers and the bigger cattle companies…then how that touched on cattle rustling, pistol carrying cowboys, outlaws, property rights, troop movements during the civil war—well you get the point. Rarely did his constellated lectures come full circle, but I did learn more in that history class than any of my others. Or at least learned a great deal about barbed wire 🙂
Continuing the theme, here is a barb and what is either a strand of horse or cow hair. 50mm, f/16, 1/6s, with Kenko extension tube. In post, I raised the exposure a hair and tweaked the luminosity slider on the orange color in Lightroom to bring the rust out a bit more.