Friday, August 30, 2013


                 Attica, Indiana.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Devon Theatre

                Attica, Indiana.

Historic Devon Theatre in Downtown Attica was originally opened in 1932.  This small Art Deco era single-screen theater still screens first-run movies.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Low Rider

                Attica, Indiana

Low Rider Saloon located a few steps south of Hotel Attica.  Every community seems to have a downtown place to meet for a cool one - Attica is no different.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday (On Tuesday) Morning Coffee: Go West

                                                                Go West Young Man, Go West
                                                                                                                 John Soule
Up early Sunday, quick breakfast, filled the travel mug with coffee and got in the car.  Today we travel and photograph!
Now Richmond is in East Central Indiana and within a few miles of the Ohio boarder.  Today's destination is West Central Indiana, the opposite side of the state.  Using a "blue highway", this will be a rather long slow enjoyable journey to Attica, Indiana.
Attica is a city in Fountain County, near the Illinois boarder, with a population of less than 3300. Arriving, set out walking to get a sense of the community.  
First stop, Hotel Attica -

 Turns out that Hotel Attica is a local landmark with an intriguing history.  Built in 1853, it was originally know as the Revere House.  The hotel has entertained numerous guests, including Bette Davis, Bing Crosby and Al Jolson.  Legend has it that Al Capone and his "friends" occasionally dropped in.      
Enough for now. More in the coming days from the 350 mile journey to West Central  Indiana.                                                    

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2nd Chance

                Lewisburg, Ohio

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

F&AM Lodge

                                        Parker City, Indiana

Constructed in 1906 and now a gymnastics studio complete with the mandatory - for the Midwest - American flags.

 Around on the side of the building, are the original glass globes.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Morning Coffee: Return of the Ride About

Don't expect amazing photographs, just documentary moments from here and there in the Midwest.
Early Sunday morning packed up the cameras/lenses and put them in the car. For the first time in almost a year off the do a "ride about". Decided that a car trip to Southwest Ohio would be a reasonable first journey.
Traveling along secondary and county roads was a wonderful, quiet and low key way to experience the corn and bean countryside.
First stop was a revisit to an old friend - West Alexandria, Ohio. West Alexandria is a village in Preble County with a population of less than 1400.  After a bit walking, discovered the Adams building.
 At one time this was the home of F&AM lodge 352. Today it is mostly empty and unused.
Along the main street - Route 35 - found the Greene County Softwater along with the usual American flags.  This  "showing the flag" can be found through out the flyover region that is the Midwest.  

Interesting to discover the Greene County Softwater in Preble County.  Must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.
Visited several other locations and managed to return late afternoon.  Good to be back on the road again exploring that strange part of United States - the Midwest. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

TGIF: In The Moment


In athletics a coach will tell their players that they must live in the moment. Put the past behind and don't be concerned with what will happen in the future. Focus on the "Right Now".  Figure out what is successful and what is not. Determine your opponent's weaknesses and use your strengths to show up their weaknesses. 
Photographers also must live and work in the moment.  The past is gone by and the future is yet to come.  Only in the present can you  photograph. 
 A photographers task is to accept the present and show it in a creative and honest way.    
These are hard times here in the Midwest.  Opportunities for full time employment - factories, big and small businesses - are few. Big box stores and fast food offer - for the most part - part time work.  
 The main street of Richmond is typical of what is happening.  Where once - the past - the street was alive with activity and store fronts were filled with merchandise, there is now a silence and emptiness.  The offerings have changed with the times.  No new latest ------ but rather a recycling of used merchandise.   
                   Richmond, Indiana
                               Richmond, Indiana
As I walk along the street, I recall the past and wonder about the future. All I can do is to live in the moment and show the present, for photography is limited to the "Right Now".    


                           Hagerstown, Indiana

Continue to marvel at the care and craft found in these early Indiana/Ohio buildings.  Erected in 1880 and still standing proud.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Free Coupons

                                     Richmond, Indiana

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


                Richmond, Indiana.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Shadows / Steps

                          Hagerstown, Indiana.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

We Will Miss You

                          Hagerstown, Indiana