The closed Garwin Hardware for a reflection of the world economy. Many communities and their residents are having hard times. Small towns are especially suffering. Lost of local opportunities have taken their toll. In addition to losing younger people to larger locations those remaining are forced to seek work elsewhere. This often means daily traveling outside the community in order to have a job.
The second image, in black and white, for its simplicity and humanity. Alive yet reflective. A strong photographic theme throughout the year.
Tomorrow begins a new year. May your dreams and wishes be granted.
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