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My grandparents lived on Ellison Road in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana. When we drove to grandpa's house when I was a kid, we would look for the Turtle Rock next to the railroad track that crosses Ellison Road. This gigantic rock has stood by the tracks for decades. My father says it was there when he was a kid. It probably fell off of a railroad car decades ago.

The stream next to the tracks is one of the surviving portions of the old Wabash-Erie Canal, which once connected Fort Wayne's rivers to the Wabash River. This allowed boats to travel from the great lakes to the Ohio River and the Mississippi. When Railroads made the old canal obsolete, the tracks were built on the canal's towpath, and most parts of the canal were eventually filled in.

I made this photograph earlier this evening.
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Congratulations on your masters degree ..... look forward to seeing your "catch up " photos .
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This is one of the surviving portions of the old Wabash and Erie Canal, which once connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River. The canal, which opened in 1843, allowed boats to travel from the great lakes to the Ohio River and the Mississippi. When Railroads made the old canal obsolete, the tracks were built on the canal's towpath in the Fort Wayne area, and most parts of the canal in Allen County were drained and buried in 1870.

This section of the canal is in southwest Allen County, Indiana. It connected the Maumee River in Fort Wayne to the Wabash River in Huntington. I photographed it yesterday evening.
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Here's another one from the early morning of May 1.
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Chris great Series its allways a good a Idea to photograph something one has a connection to.
To quote David Bailey "you don't have to sleep with the model… but it helps!" :-)

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I went to grad school for purely personal reasons. I don't intend to get a job with it, there are no jobs where I live, and I don't need one anyway. I studied history, no art, because frankly I didn't see what an MFA would teach me at this point with 15 yrs experience as a professional artist. My style of work is already developed and I know where I want to go with it. I love history, it is important to the work I do.

I studied something that interests me intellectually.
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Driving down Paulding Road on the southeast side of Fort Wayne, I noticed this old, torn up, dirty American flag nailed to a utility pole. I went back in the evening to photograph it as the sun was setting. The man who lived in the house nearby told me that he found the flag in the street, being run over by passing cars. He didn't want to throw it away, so he hung it from a nail on the pole.

I made this photograph yesterday evening.
Would love to see this photographed again in different light. I think it tells a great story, but I don't think the lighting does it justice. Perhaps magic hour? Just after sunset, with those cool blues and a hint of streetlight.
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Would love to see this photographed again in different light. I think it tells a great story, but I don't think the lighting does it justice. Perhaps magic hour? Just after sunset, with those cool blues and a hint of streetlight.
I'd get myself shot if I showed my face in that part of Fort Wayne after dark. Its in the center of an area that averages a murder every 10 days!
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I shot this last night. I pass this place often during the day, and it looked really cool at night.
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Thank you for reminding us how precious our Flag is. Most Americans really understand what it stands for and enjoy seeing it wave freely. I run an Auto Business and when we built it decided to showcase our Flag on a 110 ft. lighted pole. We have flown a 30 X 60 Flag every day, every hour for 24 years. It makes you proud to see it. Also I get several calls a week thanking us for the reminder of our great Flag. Lastly I represent Ford vehicles and when they didn't take government money to survive the phone calls doubled.

I appreciate your work and comments on this forum.

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In Ft. Wayne nearly all the murders take place on the southeast side, which is our 'inner city'. The area is controlled by street gangs and drug dealers after the sun goes down. Right down the road from the flag on the pole is a Walgreens store that was once robbed at gunpoint 3 times in one day. The third one happened while the police where still there investigating the second one!
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The Cool Bus!

I found this former "Short Bus" school bus, transformed into the "Cool Bus", in front of Waynedale Auto Repair at the corner of Old Trail Road and Lower Huntington Road in Fort Wayne's Waynedale area.

The text on the side of the bus says; "Peace Love and Intergalactic Harpiness." That's Harpiness, not Happiness! There is a harp painted on the side of the bus, as well as a UFO and the planet Saturn. The painted sign on the back gives the bus its name. I have no clue what it all means!

I photographed it yesterday evening.
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I found this yesterday evening while driving through a working class neighborhood near where I live.
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I found these newspapers in my grandma's basement yesterday afternoon. She has piles of old newspapers down there waiting to be recycled.

These American flags, printed on newsprint, have been included in Fort Wayne's two newspapers several times over he years since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The text on the bottom of them says, "Hang this flag in your window as a sign of solidarity."

The newspaper under them is the Perspective section of the Journal Gazette. It is the political news and editorials section of Fort Wayne's morning paper.
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I'm going through my archives, scanning films from the last couple years that I didn't get done before. I have about 300 rolls piled up that I need to go through. This one is from January, 2010.

This tree's almost perfectly round shape struck me as both strange and beautiful. It is in a cornfield along US-24 east of Woodburn in northeast Allen County, Indiana.
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This 19th Century factory building is still in use today. Located on Growth Avenue off West Main Street in Fort Wayne, it is currently home to Ward Corporation, a metals foundry.

This complex of industrial buildings is one of the few remnants of the huge factories that employed most of Fort Wayne's working people in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

I photographed this back in January, 2010. Just scanned its negative last night.
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Two years after my grandpa died, his house still sat empty, the kitchen counter covered in old junk that his kids thought too worthless to take with them when they cleaned out the cabinets.

Grandpa passed away in 2008, and I made this photograph in 2010. I scanned it last night.
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The Jolly Green Giant used to stand in the front window of this tattoo shop at the corner of Spy Run Avenue and Fourth Street in Fort Wayne. He was moved to the back of the shop in the spring of 2010, so he's still around.

The statue, made of styrofoam, was probably a grocery store advertising display. The Jolly Green Giant is the mascot for Green Giant brand canned vegetables.
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green giant/flag photo is killer - double icons ...
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Here is another view of the old factory in downtown Fort Wayne.
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The buildings are really in very nice condition for their age. I've never been inside, but the company has been in business for a while and unlike most factories in Fort Wayne, they're still operating here, not moved to China or Mexico. They must be doing something right.
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On my photo "safari" around town yesterday, I was stopped by an older gentleman. He and I talked about the town we live in (about 5,000) and its history. He mentioned that a few years ago a friend of his invited him to a small town in Indiana named Roanoke. He said it was near Fort Wayne, which made me think of this thread.

His friend had some part in refurbishing downtown Roanoke and we discussed similar options for our town. While he spoke I kept thinking, "I've seen that area of Indiana thanks to the forum". (courtesy, of course, Chris Crawford's fine work".
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On my photo "safari" around town yesterday, I was stopped by an older gentleman. He and I talked about the town we live in (about 5,000) and its history. He mentioned that a few years ago a friend of his invited him to a small town in Indiana named Roanoke. He said it was near Fort Wayne, which made me think of this thread.

His friend had some part in refurbishing downtown Roanoke and we discussed similar options for our town. While he spoke I kept thinking, "I've seen that area of Indiana thanks to the forum". (courtesy, of course, Chris Crawford's fine work".
Roanoke is very close to Fort Wayne, about a ten minute drive down US-24 from the city's southwest side. My grandpa used to go to a barber in Roanoke:







Its a very small town whose main street had died out after all the small shops closed. An insurance company bought almost all the buildings and renovated them for its offices, and they paid to fix up the rest of the street to make the town look nice when people visited their offices.

One of my uncles lived in Roanoke for several years, but he lives in Huntington now. Huntington is former Vice President Dan Quayle's hometown, another ten minutes or so down the highway from Roanoke.
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I've always been drawn to your images of Ft. Wayne because of the photos I've done over the years of my town.

The earliest shots go back to about 1981 when I was on a return visit from the SF Bay Area where I lived at the time. I made them because I was into model railroads and had planned to use the photos as references. Now, I look at them and wish I'd spent more time really seeing the town. Like one shot of the buildings on 2nd St....include a car with collard plants on the windshield and bottles of BBQ sauce on the roof for sale. Instead of focusing on the best subject in the frame, I was focused on the buildings.

A few years ago, I went back through those old negatives and realized I needed to walk through town and document how it looks now. It's been an on going project for some time now.
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The barber shop photos are wonderful. I swear the same barbershop is still operating in my town. The only difference is the checkerboard. I'm bald, so I never use a barber---meaning I don't know the guy. I'm to get the courage to pop in and ask to take photos while he works. We have an old fashioned hardware store in town and I've shot a few photos in there awhile ago. The store owner says I'm welcome to come back and take more any time. He still sells seeds and nails the old fashioned way....by small bags he weighs out.
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The barber shop photos are wonderful. I swear the same barbershop is still operating in my town. The only difference is the checkerboard. I'm bald, so I never use a barber---meaning I don't know the guy. I'm to get the courage to pop in and ask to take photos while he works. We have an old fashioned hardware store in town and I've shot a few photos in there awhile ago. The store owner says I'm welcome to come back and take more any time. He still sells seeds and nails the old fashioned way....by small bags he weighs out.
I don't go to the barber either, I have hair down to my waist!
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I found this banner, flanked by a pair of small American flags, advertising "Traditional Worship" and "A Warm Welcome" in front of Pilgrim Holiness Church on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it yesterday afternoon.
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After grandpa died, his kids cleaned out the kitchen cabinets, taking everything they wanted. I went back to the house almost two years later to make some photographs in the empty house, and found this drawing taped inside the door one of the cabinets over the kitchen counter. One of my young cousins made it in school, when they were being taught about making an escape plan in case of fire. June, 2010.
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After grandpa died, his kids got rid of all of the furniture and other stuff in the house. I went back to the house almost two years after grandpa died, and found this old rocking chair, sitting alone in one of the bedrooms. It was the only piece of furniture left in the house.
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These trees were on the edge of a frozen cornfield along US-24, east of Woodburn in northeast Allen County, Indiana. This is the same field where I photographed the Round Tree that I posted last week.
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This abandoned log cabin is across the street from the trees in my previous post.
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For decades, the National Cigar Store on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne was a hangout for old men, who gathered there in the mornings for breakfast. The gold lettering on the front window, which has partially worn off, used to say "Steak N Eggs." The store has been closed for several years.
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I must say...even reading the Wikipedia entry on Fort Wayne gives the impression of an entirely uninteresting backwater and makes you want to turn the page, fast. Why are you staying there?
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I must say...even reading the Wikipedia entry on Fort Wayne makes you want to turn the page, fast. Why are you staying there?
I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico until 4 years ago, when I returned to Fort Wayne for my son. He lived here with his mother, who has psychiatric problems. I had tried over the years to get custody of him several times, but in Indiana men are almost never allowed custody of their children, no matter how bad or unfit the mother is, unless she goes to jail or is locked up in a mental hospital by the state. Four years ago, her craziness was getting worse, so i came back here to be closer to my son. A few months after I got back here, his mother was committed to the state psychiatric hospital for a year by the state of Indiana, and I was given custody of him.

We cannot leave Indiana until my son turns 18, the law prohibits custodial parents from leaving the state with the child without the other parent's permission, which my ex will not give. She had a new baby last year and lost all interest in my son, who she never sees anymore (her choice), but she still won't give us permission to leave. My son is 15 now, and will graduate from high school a few months after he turns 18, so we're going to stay until he is done with school. Where we go next depends on where he decides to go for university, but we won't be staying in Fort Wayne. He is the ONLY reason I am here.

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This small grocery store and butcher shop is the biggest business in the tiny town of Corunna, Indiana. I spent a day photographing in the town at the beginning of 2009. I finally scanned the photos I made there last night, so several more from Corunna are on the way!
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