Abandoned National Road

I can hardly believe that my old friend Michael and I made this trip nine years ago along the abandoned National Road (US 40) in Illinois. I wrote about the trip on my old static-HTML site here.

It looks like I won’t get any road trips in this summer. I sometimes feel a little bummed about it, but I’ve filled my summer with so much other good and important stuff that I’m not letting myself stay bummed for long. When I started exploring the old roads in 2006, I was freshly divorced and looking for ways to escape. I needed to get away from my sadness and hitting the road worked great. I still love the road, but I don’t need to escape anymore. Life is good.

Photography, Road Trips

Captured: Contemplating the abandoned National Road

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Main Street, South Bend

You can still find many rumbly brick streets in the old parts of South Bend. This lonely block of Main Street connects Leeper Park to Memorial Hospital. It once ran south into downtown, but the hospital long ago oozed across the road. Hospitals have a way of doing that.

My brother once lived on this block. One by one, Memorial Hospital bought the houses, razed them, and paved a giant parking lot. My brother’s house was the last one to go. The fellow from whom he rented wouldn’t sell, so the hospital simply waited until he passed away.

Kodak Z730 Zoom, 2009. “Captured” is an occasional series where I show a photo and tell a short story about it. This was the first ever Captured photo, from February of 2010. I’m rerunning it today to give me more time to get ready for my wedding this Saturday!

Photography, Preservation

Captured: Main Street, South Bend

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Johnson Co Courthouse

Johnson County Courthouse
Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom
2008

That digital Kodak was born to take photos of brick buildings against blue skies!

Photography
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Indianapolis Athletic Club

Indianapolis Athletic Club
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor
Arista Premium 400

I added a touch of sepia toning to this. I don’t normally do that sort of thing, but this photo seemed to be asking for it.

Film Photography
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Brick building

Looking up
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AI Nikkor
Arista Premium 400

Film Photography
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Golden bricks

Golden bricks
Apple iPhone 5
2015

Photography
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