The Bender Showrooms are still here in Torrington, but now the corner of the building is a Subway sandwich shop. The painted sign remains, though — a reminder of a more quaint downtown. Thus I add this image to my Signs of the Times essay. Like my “Pepsi Wall,” in Danbury, it stands out as a relic of a simpler time.
The sun was breaking through over the treeline, but I needed to wait for the clouds to move in a bit so I could shoot the curve of the hills and the dramatic sky with the sun just peaking through. Lake Lillinonah rarely disappoints, no matter the season. The moving sky, the glimpse of the bridge and the sparkle on the water gave me the moment I was looking for.
A sudden gust of snow and a brief glow of light on the horizon caused me to stop. So changeable is the weather and the light in this New England state, we could stay in one spot forever and never extract all the possibilities.
Haying is underway now. Across the road, the farmer on his tractor waved back at me. A fine day for cutting.
The next time I drive by this field, the grass will be cut in the first haying. The texture of the grasses and the action in the sky are part of this photograph’s “moment.” Nothing will be the same again.