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Chris Crawford I am pleased to announced a long time member has agreed to help and mentor others in photographic technique. As he has long done so, perhaps this forum is a bit overdue. Christopher Crawford has been a professional artist and photographer for 20 years, most of that time spent documenting life in northern Indiana with his photographs and the stories that he writes to accompany them. In addition, Chris also creates tutorials where he teaches photography techniques, film processing, digital editing, film scanning, and printing. Ask Chris your technical questions, or to critique your photos. You can see more of his tutorials at http://crawfordphotoschool.com

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Old 01-07-2020   #2601
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The Monroe Township District #8 Schoolhouse is located on State Road 101, about a mile north of the small town of Monroeville, Indiana. Built in 1885, the one-room brick school it is now a private residence.


A lot of old schoolhouses in rural Indiana have been converted into homes. I photographed this one last November.
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Chris- do you use a tilt/shift lens or do you adjust the vertical lines digitally? I like the dead-on angle you often employ. It has a documentary feel, it gives dignity to most subjects, and give the impression of "honesty", but the art comes in making it look so effortless.
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Chris- do you use a tilt/shift lens or do you adjust the vertical lines digitally? I like the dead-on angle you often employ. It has a documentary feel, it gives dignity to most subjects, and give the impression of "honesty", but the art comes in making it look so effortless.



I do it in Lightroom. I could never afford a shift lens, they were expensive, and most of them do not allow much shift anyway.


All of my color work for the last two years has been done with Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras (OM-D E-M1 mark II and Pen-F), and Olympus does not even make a shift lens for that system (they did for the OM 35mm system, but I never used one because it was expensive and limited in the amount of shift it gave).
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Your work always brings me much joy...
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The Monroe Township District #8 Schoolhouse is located on State Road 101, about a mile north of the small town of Monroeville, Indiana. Built in 1885, the one-room brick school it is now a private residence.


A lot of old schoolhouses in rural Indiana have been converted into homes. I photographed this one last November.
The colour is special! Love it!
It must have been cold...
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The C. Sullivan Building is a vacant storefront building on Main Street and Stone Street in the small town of Antwerp, Ohio. The gable stone says it was built in 1898 by J. Bauer.


Mr. Bauer also built the C. J. Schneider Building in Antwerp, which I posted a photograph of a few days ago. It is located on the other side of Main Street, about half a block north of the Sullivan Building.
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This Christmas star was mounted on top of a garage facing north on Fourth Street between Cass Street and Wells Street in Fort Wayne. It is behind an old house on Cass Street that has been divided into apartments. I photographed it a couple of days before Christmas last year.
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Scout is one of the two cats at Hyde Brothers Books in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She used to be really thin, though her long hair made her look fluffy. In the last year or so before I made this photograph of her, she began to gain weight and is now quite fat, just like the other cat who lives at the store.


Hyde Brothers is an incredible locally-owned used book store on Wells Street in Fort Wayne. As long as I can remember, they've always had at least one cat in residence.
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In November last year, these men were working on removing the old shingles from the roof an old house on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The man giving the thumbs-up saw me walking by with my camera and called out asking me to take a picture of them!


This house is on the east side of Wells Street between Third Street and Fourth Street. When I photographed it the first time, back in 2010, someone lived there and there was a sign with the Ten Commandments in the front window. The house, which was in poor condition, later sat vacant for a long time. A new owner is restoring the house, with plans to open a store it.
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Back in November, I made this photograph of Sherlock, one of the two fatcats that live at Hyde Brothers Books in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Sherlock spends all of his time lounging, and he gets annoyed when people pet him or take his picture!
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This house is on Mulberry Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.


Hand-painted American flags made from pieces of wood are a popular decoration in Indiana. They're often displayed on fences or on garages.
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I found this sign on a restaurant's drive-through window amusing. A giant hand pointing down at the window, just in case the words "Drive-Thru" weren't obvious enough!
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This treehouse is in the backyard of a house on the corner of Main Street (US-33) and Liberty Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.
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Dinamo Judo is a martial arts school on High Street in the small town of Hicksville, Ohio. The building is a former bank, built in a mid-twentieth century modernist style.
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This old, abandoned vending machine stands in front of a former storefront church on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It sold boxes of Hi-C fruit drink for 50 cents.


The church was called Living Faith Ministries. I photographed it last week.
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This building is on Cass Street, a block east of Wells Street, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The side of the building has handprints, hearts, and smiley faces painted on it, along with the slogan: "Don't Grow Weary Of Doing Good."

The building is home to Heart of The City Mission Foundation, a charity run by a local church. When I was younger, there was a pro-level photo lab called Unique Photo and a printing company called Precision Litho in the building. Unique, which was owned by Precision Litho, closed 20 years ago, and I still miss them. They were the best color film lab in the city, in my opinion.
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In 1943 I entered first grade at the Carney School, a two-room brick building on the west side of Hartford City, probably just off Highway 26/West Water Street. It was abandoned when I last saw it in 1955. I wonder if it's still standing.

Since I live in Georgia, I probably won't check on this for myself.
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In 1943 I entered first grade at the Carney School, a two-room brick building on the west side of Hartford City, probably just off Highway 26/West Water Street. It was abandoned when I last saw it in 1955. I wonder if it's still standing.

Since I live in Georgia, I probably won't check on this for myself.



I haven't done any photography in Hartford City; I should go sometime. I just looked on Google Earth and Streetview and could not find your school, so I think its been demolished.
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This treehouse is in the backyard of a house on the corner of Main Street (US-33) and Liberty Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.



Man, that is deluxe. Lucky kid.
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Man, that is deluxe. Lucky kid.



I agree. Wish I'd had something like that as a kid! My parents' yard didn't really have any suitable trees though. My dad probably would have built one if there had been a good tree for it.
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This house is on the corner of Mulberry Street and Washington Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. I found it amusing that the turn arrow painted on Washington Street next to the house points directly at the house's side door.
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The Jefferson Township Center School has been one of my favorite subjects, which I have returned to many times over the last 20 years. It is located at Besancon; a crossroads with two cemeteries, a few houses, a Catholic church, and this abandoned one-room schoolhouse on Lincoln Highway (Old US-30) in the eastern part of Allen County, Indiana.


The road actually splits to go around the front and back of the schoolhouse, which was built in 1898.


I made this photograph of the schoolhouse a couple weeks ago. Another photograph that I made of it way back in 1997 was the first photograph that I ever sold from an exhibit!
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This vacant storefront is located on Main Street in the small town of Hudson, Indiana.

Hudson is a very small town on the southern edge of Steuben County. It adjoins the larger town of Ashley, and the paired towns are often referred to as "Ashley-Hudson." While Ashley is still a pretty healthy town, Hudson has few functioning businesses. Most of the Main Street storefronts in Hudson are, like this one, vacant.

I photographed it a couple weeks ago.
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Here are two more photographs of the one-room schoolhouse at Besancon, Indiana. I made these two about a week after I made the last photo I posted of it.
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At some point tourism will come here. It is getting rare to see buildings and else like these. In our town just tiny part left. But developers and town "improves" it.
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My word, Chris -- you have several books' worth of great stuff in this thread. I just love these. Any local writer you could team up with (or maybe you have the text in mind already)?

Besancon -- must have been founded by French immigrants. Let us hope that schoolhouse gets a worthy tenant.
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