Photographs

Second Presbyterian Church on Kodak Plus-X

After being sure that my Olympus XA’s meter was performing well enough, I shot more film in this delightful little camera. I’ve been itching to shoot some of the Kodak Plus-X I bought not long ago. This stock expired in February of 2000, but was stored frozen. I shot it at box speed, ISO 125.

I had reason to be at the grand, enormous Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis recently. I went early and brought the XA along to photograph this favorite subject.

Second Presbyterian

Usually I stop here, make one straight-on shot of either the whole church or its massive front, and move on. Only one other time have I walked the grounds looking for details to photograph.

Church doors

Second Presbyterian is perhaps best known for hosting the 1990 funeral of Ryan White, a boy who contracted AIDS via blood transfusion at a time when this disease was ill-understood and greatly feared. His fight to attend school in his hometown of Russiaville, about 45 minutes north of here, made the national news and was instrumental in helping our nation understand that AIDS was not just a “gay disease.”

Church door

Over 1,500 people attended White’s funeral, including then-First Lady Barbara Bush, Michael Jackson, and Elton John, who performed two songs. Elton stopped in Indianapolis last month on his farewell tour. During his show, he said that Indianapolis is a “preeminent feature of my life,” because the Ryan White funeral marked a turning point in his life that led to his sobriety.

Gothic windows

Second Presbyterian might look very old, but the main part of the building was completed in 1960. There have been subsequent additions; I’m aware of one cornerstone that says 1967 and another with a date in the 2000s sometime.

Doorway

I made these photographs in about the middle of April, before most of the trees were budding. One advantage of early-spring photography is that trees don’t obscure my architectural subjects.

Second Presbyterian

You’ll find this church on the far Northside of Indianapolis, on the city’s main north-south street, Meridian Street. It’s just north of 75th Street. It is a commanding presence as you travel north on Meridian.

Second Presbyterian

I developed this film in Rodinal 1+50. My first scans of these negatives on my Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE scanner were low in contrast and coarsely grained. I explored VueScan’s settings to see if I could improve the scans. I discovered that reducing the brightness a little, and setting VueScan’s grain-reduction setting to Medium, helped me achieve “that Plus-X look.”

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N. K. Hurst Co.

N. K. Hurst Co.
Reto Ultra Wide and Slim
Fujicolor 200
2022

On the southeast edge of Downtown Indianapolis, in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium, stands the original home office of N. K. Hurst Company. You might know Hurst best for their 15-bean HamBeens soup kit. If it’s not available in your local grocery store, you can buy it and all of their other products at their Shopify site.

Hurst’s home office actually isn’t in this building anymore. They moved it to an industrial park on the east side of Zionsville, a suburb northwest of Indianapolis where I live. I drive by it on the way to Aldi, which does not carry HamBeens products.

I remember there being quite a kerfluffle when the land was purchased to build Lucas Oil Stadium. The N. K. Hurst Co. was on the south edge of the overall site. The authority that built the stadium wanted the land to complete a huge parking lot, but N. K. Hurst Co. did not want to give way. I’m sure billable legal hours ensued, but an agreement was reached that saved the building. After all that, a few years later N. K. Hurst. Co. moved its headquarters to Zionsville. The building is now used as an event space called The Heirloom, despite still bearing its N. K. Hurst Co. branding.

I made this photo with the tiny Reto Ultra Wide and Slim. The building’s corner has a slightly upturned look in real life, but something about the camera’s lens or how the film happened to be laying strongly exaggerated the effect.

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single frame: N. K. Hurst Co.

The original HQ of a bean warehouse.

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16 theaters

Times Theater, Rochester
Rochester, IN; Canon PowerShot S95
Ohio Theater, Madison
Madison, IN; Nikon N2000, 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Zoom Nikkor, Kodak Ultramax 400
Indiana Theater, Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Palace Theater, Crossville, TN
Crossville, TN; Canon PowerShot S95
Park Theater
North Vernon, IN; Canon PowerShot S80
Lafayette Theater
Lafayette, IN; Olympus XA, Agfa Vista 200
The Crump
Columbus, IN; Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-FA 28-80mm F3.5-4.7
Chicago Theater
Chicago, IL; Canon PowerShot S95
Plainfield, IN
Plainfield, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Victoria Theater
Wheeling, WV; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Franklin, IN
Franklin, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
State Theater
South Bend, IN; Nikon Df, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor
Rees Theater, sign lit
Plymouth, IN; Yashica-12, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros, Rodinal 1+50
Arcada Theater
St. Charles, IL; Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
The Palace Theater
South Bend, IN; Nikon Df, 28-80m f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor
The State Theater
Logansport, IN; Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK, Ultrafine Extreme 100

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