21 Apr 2012


I’ve been taking the time to sort through some of my old photographs with the express purpose of dumping the really bad ones.  For the longest time I’ve avoided the photos from 2008, the year I acquired a really crappy digital point-n-shoot and started going all camera nutty.

A large part of me avoiding these photos was I realized most of all them were crap but I was I attached to them as they signaled a new period in my life.  Tonight I sorted the Gary pictures and found 2 that still spoke something to me.  So I salvaged them the only way I know how to, I made them black and white.

First I give you a moment in time that I wish I could go back and recapture, but alas the remaining frame was ripped out by our next visit so I must consider myself lucky enough to have caught it in even a mediocre capture.

Now I know how I *should* shoot this, but the opportunity will never be there again.


Second I give you the view of the old post office from the back room.  That little sapling you can hardly see is now a fairly decently sized sapling.  I am saddened that one day the floor will no longer be able to hold it and it will end up in the basement.  I’ve tried a few times to re-capture this view, but haven’t had the same light.  Now that I have the ability to shoot for HDR I’m thinking I will be able to improve it, provided it isn’t a really windy day.


While Gary, Indiana is getting to be old hat for me, I still want to visit once a year and document the progress of time on these buildings.  They have been standing empty for nigh on 40 years, and many of them are reaching that critical point where they are falling in on themselves.



  • thepurpledogpaintingblog
    April 22, 2012 Reply

    I just bought a new monitor and on this thing (24 inch wide,high res) and both those photos show incredibly well on it. They’re both great but I love that first one.

    • idiotphotographer
      April 22, 2012 Reply

      Oh huzzah! Honestly that camera was such an out dated POS (I picked it out of a garbage can…) I am amazed I took anything worth keeping from it. But I loved having it because I simply could not afford my camera habit in film.

      Thanks for the kind words, the first one is also my favorite of the two, and the one that made me realize I might be able to shoot better than snapshot photos if I tried.

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