Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Go West Young Man, Go West
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.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
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
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.
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".