State Theater, Logansport

Through the door at the State Theater
Canon PowerShot S95
2018

50 years ago if you drove through downtown Logansport, Indiana, you’d have found its streets lined with buildings. Most of them dated to the 1800s.

Logansport boomed through about the middle of the 20th century. Good jobs were plentiful in that railroad and manufacturing town. But as happened in so many midwestern cities in the late 20th century, the boom ended and good jobs dried up. Downtown vacancies rose and buildings fell into disrepair. A great number of them ended up being razed. Downtown Logansport is full of parking lots today.

Yet today Logansport keeps showing up on lists of small towns worth living in. The city topped this list at Realtor.com. I’ve seen it in the years I’ve been involved with Logansport through my Michigan Road work: people there want to be proud of the place they call home, and they’re doing the work to show it. The old buildings are never coming back, but those that remain (like the State Theater, from which I made this photo) are being restored. And where parking lots remain, you’ll increasingly find public art to guide and please the eye.

Photography, Road Trips

single frame: Through the door at the State Theater

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Sleeping angel

Sleeping angel
Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80
Kodak Tri-X 400
2017

Another frequent photographic haunt is the cemetery at Bethel United Methodist Church, which was founded in the 1830s in Pike Township, Indianapolis.

Film Photography

Photo: Sleeping angel in Bethel Cemetery

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Just a random turtle

Just a random turtle
Apple iPhone 6s
2016

I was out with my Kodak Six-20 when I came upon this little turtle sculpture atop a wall. I liked it and wanted to photograph it, but the old folding Kodak couldn’t focus close enough. So I whipped out my iPhone. This crop was for Facebook, as I made this my cover photo for a while and this is the aspect ratio that demanded. I like it, so here it is.

Photography

Photo: Just a random turtle.

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Letterkenny, Ireland

Here, have a frog
Canon PowerShot S95
2016

A pocket park in Letterkenny, County Donegal, features some bronze statues. This one is passing a frog to the statue next to it.

Photography, Travel
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Lion

Lion
Nikon F3HP, 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor
Foma Fomapan 200
2016

Film Photography
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The Bean

What a beautiful spring weekend my son and I had been spending in Chicago — sunny but not too warm. We did all the touristy stuff, from visiting the museums to looking at the city from the top of the John Hancock building to eating deep-dish pizza and drinking Old Style beer. (My son skipped the beer, having just turned 13.) We slept in an ornate grand hotel.

We checked out of our hotel after breakfast, backpacks carrying all of our gear, and emerged onto streets surprisingly sparse of people. Fog had fallen, cloaking the skyscraper tops. In Millennium Park we came upon Cloud Gate, the giant chrome bean. It reflected the fog as a blank canvas, waiting for the city to reemerge.

The Bean in the fog • Canon PowerShot S80 • May, 2010

Photography

Favorite Photos Week: The Bean in the fog

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