I’m Jim Grey, lifelong Hoosier, family man, writer, photographer, and leader of geeks.
I write about what interests me, which makes this a pretty eclectic place. You’ll find personal essays and stories from a well-examined life, along with travel stories, history, photography, and reviews of old film cameras.
I love old buildings, old roads, old bridges, and old cars; you’ll find photos and stories of them all over this blog. Some of my articles may resonate with you and others may not. But I publish six days a week, so if today’s article doesn’t grab you, tomorrow’s probably will!
The comments you leave after each post often teach me things. So I hope you’ll take a minute to tell me your thoughts!
I make my living in the software industry managing developers. I herd the cats and keep the trains running on time. I’m married; my wife and I have seven children between us. They’re all adults, and the youngest of them are college-aged and still figuring out how to launch. The empty nest is in sight!
Other ways to find me online
You can follow me on Flickr here, on Instagram here, and on Facebook here. On Facebook, I accept friend requests only from people I know, but you can follow my personal feed if you want. This blog also has its own Facebook page, which you can follow here. I quit Twitter some time ago.
Do you want to contact me?
I enjoy hearing from you, especially when you comment on something I wrote or photographed. If you want to reach me directly, here’s a handy contact form. Your message will come straight to my e-mail inbox. I’ll respond to the e-mail address you type into the form. I genuinely enjoy hearing from you and while I am likely to respond briefly, I almost always respond. However, I don’t respond to blind requests to participate in projects, write guest posts, or promote products.
Unless otherwise credited, the writing and photographs on this site, Down the Road, blog.jimgrey.net, are copyright 2007-2021 Jim Grey.
Where others’ writing and photographs are credited on this site, the original creators retain copyright of their works.
Do you want to republish a post from this blog?
I don’t allow my work to be republished. But I’d be happy to talk with you about creating original work for your site. Use the contact form above to reach out.
If you want me to create work for a profit-making company, I expect to be paid.
Do you want to republish one of my photographs?
tl;dr: Ask. I say yes for non-profit projects. I sometimes say yes for for-profit projects, but I might want something in return.
If you want to use one of my photographs in some way not directly related to you making money, ask me using the contact form above and I’ll almost certainly say yes. Examples: you want to print my image to hang on your wall (even in your business), you want to use my image on your personal blog, or you want to print my image in a publication for your nonprofit.
If you want to use one of my photographs in some way directly related to you making money, I’m less enthusiastic about granting permission. Examples: you want to make a T-shirt with my image on it that you will sell, you want to use my image on your site that generates revenue through subscriptions or advertising. But ask anyway using the contact form above. Sometimes I just say yes. Most of the time I will want some kind of compensation, even if it’s just trade (e.g., you send me of the T-shirts with my photo on it, gratis). Sometimes I won’t want to be a part of your project and I’ll say so.
My photographs used to be subject to the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, which let you use them in noncommercial works without needing to ask. But the definition of noncommercial turns out to be gray. I fall on the conservative side of that definition where most people who used my images fell on the liberal side. There was no winning the argument, so I removed the license and now reserve all rights to my images.
Did you find your image on my blog?
Once in a while I use someone else’s image. I try to attribute those images properly and get permission when I think I should, but sometimes I get it wrong. If I’ve used one of your images against your wishes, contact me and I’ll credit you or remove the image, as you direct.
Thanks to crashing waves of spam, I’ve closed comments on this page.
18 February 2021