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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 06-29-2013   #561
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Amazing photography sir. You are a special asset to your community IMO much like Ms.Thompson I think.
Thanks, Contarama. Most people in Fort Wayne don't know or care that I exist. My work is far better known outside Indiana, and virtually every print I sell goes out of state.
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This county sheriff's station is in the small town of Petersburg, Michigan. Coming from a large city, this tiny police station looked funny to me! I photographed it last weekend while visiting friends who live nearby.
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6 Mile Bar and Pizzeria is a little bar at the corner of Wayne Trace and Tillman Road, just outside the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This ancient sign hangs on the garage behind the bar, facing Tillman Road, and it still has the establishment's former name on it, along with old-style Pepsi-Cola logos. A lot of bars and small restaurants in the Fort Wayne area have signs with Pepsi's name or logo. I think that the company gave the signs to places that served Pepsi.

I photographed it a couple nights ago, pretty late in the evening, around 9:30pm.
Really like this one, just a great photo.
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This abandoned drive-in movie theatre stands at the intersection of State Road 3 and State Road 28 in Delaware County, Indiana, just north of Muncie. It was open until about 2002, and has deteriorated pretty badly in the decade since then.

This is a view across the grounds, looking back to the concession stand and secondary screen from a spot near the entrance. I photographed the Ski-Hi Drive-In in the evening, around 8pm.
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Here's one for the Fourth of July! I shot it a couple days ago in Fort Wayne.
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Here's one for the Fourth of July! I shot it a couple days ago in Fort Wayne.
Nice one, Chris! If you get a chance to go back there this week, I'd love to see an image that includes the whole house, yard, and flag... to get a sense of the surroundings.
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This abandoned drive-in movie theatre stands at the intersection of State Road 3 and State Road 28 in Delaware County, Indiana, just north of Muncie. It was open until about 2002, and has deteriorated pretty badly in the decade since then.

This is a view across the grounds, looking back to the concession stand and secondary screen from a spot near the entrance. I photographed the Ski-Hi Drive-In in the evening, around 8pm.
Nice image, Chris. I like how the movie screen pops out of the landscape. I read some time ago (on Mike Johnston's "The Online Photographer" site) about a photographer that's travelling around the country looking for these outdoor movie theaters. He's trying to make images of as many of them as possible before they are all lost.
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6 Mile Bar and Pizzeria is a little bar at the corner of Wayne Trace and Tillman Road, just outside the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This ancient sign hangs on the garage behind the bar, facing Tillman Road, and it still has the establishment's former name on it, along with old-style Pepsi-Cola logos. A lot of bars and small restaurants in the Fort Wayne area have signs with Pepsi's name or logo. I think that the company gave the signs to places that served Pepsi.

I photographed it a couple nights ago, pretty late in the evening, around 9:30pm.
Beautiful tones in this one, Chris. Have you seen the photographs of William Christenberry? A lot of your images remind of his work.
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Nice image, Chris. I like how the movie screen pops out of the landscape. I read some time ago (on Mike Johnston's "The Online Photographer" site) about a photographer that's travelling around the country looking for these outdoor movie theaters. He's trying to make images of as many of them as possible before they are all lost.
That's Carl Weese who is doing that. We have a number of drive-ins still operating in Indiana, surprisingly enough.

A couple days ago, an old woman I know who grew up near this one told me that when she was a young woman back in the early 70s, this theatre was a porno theatre! That shocked me...a place showing porn on outdoor screens that are visible from the roads....in a small town! Wow.
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Beautiful tones in this one, Chris. Have you seen the photographs of William Christenberry? A lot of your images remind of his work.
I haven't seen his work, but I'll look him up. David Plowden is another whose work I like too.
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Nice one, Chris! If you get a chance to go back there this week, I'd love to see an image that includes the whole house, yard, and flag... to get a sense of the surroundings.
There isn't much to see. Its in urban neighborhood on the south side, the houses are small and close together. There isn't much of a front yard.
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Here's another one that I shot Tuesday afternoon.

I noticed this little American flag stuck between the boards of a fence behind a house on Killea Street while driving around Fort Wayne's south side. After I stopped to photograph it, I noticed the face painted on the basketball backboard on the garage behind the fence!
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I shot this last night at Fort Wayne's annual Fourth of July fireworks event, held on the Indiana University - Purdue University (IPFW) campus.
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Like those last two , Chris.
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I swore I had posted in this thread but apparently not. I just wanted to say how much your work takes me back to my 80's college years in West Lafayette and my falling in love with photography back then. Thank you for kindling the memories.
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Thanks, Michael. Here's another one from last night.




This ice cream truck was one of several food vendors at the Fourth of July fireworks at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The people in this photograph were the last customers of the night, after the fireworks show had ended.
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I swore I had posted in this thread but apparently not. I just wanted to say how much your work takes me back to my 80's college years in West Lafayette and my falling in love with photography back then. Thank you for kindling the memories.
I think you did post a year or so ago. I remember you posting here, or emailing me, but I can't remember which or when
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At the 2013 Fourth of July fireworks in Fort Wayne, a lot of teenagers and college-aged men and women came up to me to tell me how awesome my long beard is. A lot of them asked to take pictures of me, including this girl. I photographed her too, since she was decked out in red, white, and blue patriotic clothes.
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I think you did post a year or so ago. I remember you posting here, or emailing me, but I can't remember which or when
Thanks! You have a better memory than me! There was no "bent arrow" icon on the thread for me until my present post, so it must indeed have been an email!

...or a PM.

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I photographed this place yesterday evening.

On Railroad Street in Uniondale, Indiana, there is an ancient 19th century building that was an auto repair shop for many years. The old retired mechanic who owns the place lives in an apartment in the back of the building. This is the porch next to the door to his home.
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Last week, I noticed that this fire hydrant in downtown Fort Wayne had eyes!
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Someone with a great sense of humour did that. ^

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Someone with a great sense of humour did that. ^

Public art!
Yeah, I think it is cool. No one here is creative or fun like that. I'm actually surprised the eyes haven't been pried off yet. I drove by it yesterday and they were still there!
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On the Fourth of July, I drove around my hometown looking for interesting patriotic displays for the holiday. This garden's fence was a permanent fixture, rather than a holiday display, but it intrigued me because it included a Chinese flag along with a couple of American flags.

The owners weren't home, but their neighbors told me that the garden is owned by an American man and his Chinese wife. They both love America, and she is proud of her heritage, so they put both flags on their garden fence.

This is on Ontario Street, in the working class neighborhood around Brooklyn Avenue on the west side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it in the evening around 7pm, before my son and I went to see the fireworks.
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A couple of weeks ago, I drove out to Maples, a tiny town in southeast Allen County that I had never visited before. This bar, built in the 1890s, sits at the corner of Franke Road and Holmes Street. To me, it looks like something out of the old west. The town of Maples only has six streets, two businesses (the other is a grain elevator), and a church.

I photographed it pretty late in the evening, around 9pm.
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Have you ever thought of doing a book of your US flag photos Chris? It could be a seller judging by the love of the flag that is so widely evident in your country. Your fine eye for the whimsical could bring a deeper look to the subject than the obvious patriotic themes.
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Today is the first day of the Three Rivers Festival in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I'll be down there several times over the next week with my camera photographing interesting people!

Here is one I made during the 2009 festival, which I've finally gotten scanned and added to my website today (yeah, I am THAT far behind!).
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The Orbiter ride last night at the 2013 Three Rivers Festival at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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When I pointed my camera at this group of children getting their faces painted like Native American warriors, the woman in the wheelchair looked right at me! This was at the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The festival is held at the park where the historical Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, is buried.

I made this back in September, 2009. Still catching up on old work!
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Another from my backlog of film waiting to be scanned and edited. This one is from September 19, 2009.

This baby girl smiled and waved to me when her grandpa held her up. They were at the Johnny Appleseed Festival, a pioneer festival held every fall in Fort Wayne.
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Chris,

Thanks for continuing to share your work here. I mainly photograph my immediate environs, and you inspire me to try to see them in fresh ways in my own photography.

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Thanks for continuing to share your work here. I mainly photograph my immediate environs, and you inspire me to try to see them in fresh ways in my own photography.

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Thanks, Chip. I have found that everywhere I have lived there is so much to see, explore, document, and learn about..so many stories to tell..that I do not have to travel to exotic locations to photograph. I feel a connection to the places I photograph here in northeast Indiana because it has been home for most of my life.
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Here is another new one from my 2009 archive. This family was walking through the Johnny Appleseed Festival, seemingly led by the little girl playing a wooden flute purchased there.
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One from the really old archives!

I made this photograph of weathered old logs stacked up in my parents backyard when I was 17 years old. My father always kept around a lot of old wood from trees he cut down so that we could use it as firewood when we went camping.
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i dig that garden fence/flag photo. i'd love to see the couple posing with it ...
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In small towns all over Indiana, Veterans groups like The American Legion and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) are major centers of community life.

American Legion Post 157 is on Main Street (US-33) in the small town of Churubsco, Indiana. I photographed it a few days after the Fourth of July holiday, so they had a sign up that said "Freedom isn't free, support our troops", and a banner with the famous image of the Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima that said "Honor our fallen soldiers."
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i dig that garden fence/flag photo. i'd love to see the couple posing with it ...
Me too. I haven't met them yet! I'm going to give them a print, but I can't afford the ink to print it until I sell some more photos. My printer is all out, and it'll cost me $100 for new ink, and I am broke right now.
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This little boy was eating next to a carnival game tent during the Three Rivers Festival at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I shot it Sunday afternoon.
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A giant concrete turtle watches the traffic from his place at the intersection of Main Street (US-33) and Line Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The turtle represents the "Beast of Busco", a giant turtle that a local farmer claimed to have seen in his pond in the early 20th Century. The turtle, named Oscar by locals, was never found. In some accounts, Oscar was claimed to weigh 500lb, and in others it was claimed that he was as big as a small car!

Today, Churubusco has embraced the legend of the giant turtle. The signs on the highway that welcome people to Churubusco proclaim the town to be "Turtle Town USA", and the town has an annual "Turtle Days Festival."

I photographed this on a rainy afternoon last week.
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I shot this last night at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne. The week long festival is held every year in July. The rides were deserted, which was no surprise given that they were charging $5 per person for each ride!
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