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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 03-12-2019   #2481
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This newspaper machine selling the Van Wert Times Bulletin stands in front of the post office in the small town of Convoy, Ohio. Convoy is located in Van Wert County, about 7 miles northwest of the town of Van Wert.

The sign on the newspaper machine says: "If you're reading this, print's not dead. Subscribe to the Times Bulletin Today."

I found it amusing that the lead story on the front page is about the first baby born in Van Wert's hospital in 2019. In the big city I live in, the headlines are more likely to concern the city's latest murder!
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I was saddened to learn a few minutes ago that my high school photography and art teacher, Don Goss, passed away today.

Mr. Goss taught at Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne for 56 years, retiring only because the school was closed in 2010. He was himself an Elmhurst graduate!

I had been interested in photography since I was young, but Mr. Goss encouraged me to go to art school and make it my life's work. I was just one of many of his students who went on to become professional artists, and many of us kept in touch with him over the years. Peter and David Turnley took photography from him back in the 1970s.

This is a photograph that I made of him way back in 1994, when I was a senior in high school. I snapped it while he was lecturing during class one afternoon.


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This old boarded-up storefront is on the corner of Central Avenue and 28th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

All of the building's windows have large blue insects painted on the wood covering them!
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This little yellow brick building is on Tully Street, just west of Main Street, in the small town of Convoy, Ohio. The bench in front of the building has a sign with the Lions Club logo.

It is a beautiful building. It is unfortunate that the decorations on the top of the facade is broken.

Convoy is located in Van Wert County, about 7 miles northwest of the town of Van Wert.
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This tree stump was in my front yard in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it Monday morning with frost covering the grass and tiny clumps of white snow sprinkled over the top of the stump.


The sun had come out, and the frost lasted just a few more minutes after I made this photograph!


The tree was cut down in November, 2018 because it was growing in the power lines. The electric company promised to have the stump removed, but it took months before that happened. The day after I made this photograph, they came and removed the stump!
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This scene is on the west side of US-33, just north of McDuffee Road in the northwest corner of Allen County, Indiana.

It is the first of several photographs that I made of the sunset here last Wednesday evening.
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Old 03-21-2019   #2487
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Chris---nice photo! Looks like the trees are on fire... :-)
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Chris,

You have a gift for discerning the beautiful in your environment.

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Here's the second photograph of the sunset that I made last Wednesday evening (3-13-19). This one was done just 45 minutes after the first one that I posted here yesterday, but the sky had changed dramatically!
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This little building was originally a small storefront, but someone lives in it, now. The sign in the front window says: "Elvis. The King Lives On."

It is on Main Street (State Road 105) in the small town of Andrews, Indiana.
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This is a photograph that I made of him way back in 1994, when I was a senior in high school. I snapped it while he was lecturing during class one afternoon.


That's a beautiful portrait, thanks for sharing
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Great set of Images and stories on this page Chris .

Sorry to hear of Mr Goss’ passing... RIP
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I always enjoy your photos and the stories that you include.
My condolences for Mr Goss's passing.

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Great set of Images and stories on this page Chris .

Sorry to hear of Mr Gossí passing... RIP

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My condolences for Mr Goss's passing.

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Thanks Nick, Helen, and Steve. Mr. Goss was such a big inspiration for so many artists here.
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Another abstract photograph of the sky, made a couple weeks ago in rural Allen County, Indiana.
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Sherlock is one of the two resident cats at Hyde Brothers Books in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I made this photograph of him two weeks ago.

He is quite fat because he spends most of his time lounging and eating. He's not very sociable, and gets annoyed with me for photographing him. I think he has gotten fatter since the last time that I photographed him, though the store's staff insists that he is losing weight!

A few months before I made this photograph of him, I was shopping at Hyde Brothers when Sherlock walked past me. I said to him; "Hey fatty, did you catch any mice today?" The woman working there got upset with me for calling him "Fatty." The cat looked annoyed by the question, so I said; "Would you like me better if I brought you some meat?" The clerk then jumps in and said; "Oh no, PLEASE DON'T FEED HIM. He's so fat already and we are trying so hard to make him lose weight!" I found that amusing, since she had just told me not to call him Fatty!

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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A few minutes after I made the photograph in my last post, I went to the book store's basement (it is full of books, too!). When I was coming back up the stairs, Sherlock was up there watching me!
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The A-Team is in Fort Wayne! This van, painted to look like the van on the 1980's television show, is parked in front of Wells Street Coin Laundry on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I was amused to see the GMC logo glued to the front of the van's hood. The van used on The A-Team was a GMC van, but this one is actually a Ford!
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This old building is on Main Street (State Road 105) in the small town of Andrews, Indiana. The storefront is boarded-up, and a condemnation notice is posted on the door.

The building looks nice from the outside; it is unfortunate that is was condemned. The inside is probably in bad condition.
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The A-Team is in Fort Wayne! This van, painted to look like the van on the 1980's television show, is parked in front of Wells Street Coin Laundry on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I was amused to see the GMC logo glued to the front of the van's hood. The van used on The A-Team was a GMC van, but this one is actually a Ford!
Looks like the musical arts still have a commercial presence in Ft. Wayne too.
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Fort Wayne is actually home to a company called Sweetwater, which is one of the largest music equipment dealers in the United States.
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Hand-painted American flags are a common part of rural Indiana folk art. This one, painted on a piece of wooden stockade fence, stands next to a garage on Snowden Street in the small town of Andrews, Indiana.
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The Welker Block is a historic commercial building on the corner of Wells Street and Fourth Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

For many years, this building's two storefronts were home to Linda Lou's furniture, which closed in 2017. In the fall of 2018, the building was purchased by Shawna Nicelley, the owner of G.I. Joe's Army Surplus (also on Wells Street, a couple blocks north of the Welker Block). She is giving the old building an extensive restoration.

The "Welker Block c. 1910" sign atop the building is new; it was added during the renovation. When I was young, the storefront on the left side of the building was a bar called the Happen Inn. It later became part of the furniture store.
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I'm still working on some new stuff,always behind in my editing. So, here's one of my favorite photographs from the early years.

This is my grandfather, Charles Crawford, holding the guitar that his mother bought him for his 16th birthday. He was 74 when I made this photograph of him 21 years ago, and he still played it occasionally. The wall behind him is covered in drawings made by his grandchildren.

Grandpa died in 2008, ten years after I made this portrait.
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Great pictures, delving into life around you. Good shot of your old teacher.
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This stop sign is on the corner of Belle Vista Boulevard and Gates Drive in the Belle Vista neighborhood in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Someone has painted "Obama" under the word "Stop," making the sign say "Stop Obama."

What's funny is that this is the second time someone has done this to a stop sign in this neighborhood! The first time was back in 2012, when President Obama was still in office. This one was actually done two years after Obama's presidency ended, so I'm not sure what, exactly, they want to stop Mr. Obama from doing.

I made this photograph yesterday afternoon.
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The Hope 214 Masonic Temple is a Freemason's hall on Main Street in the small town of Delphos, Ohio. The large whitewashed brick building also has a Nationwide Insurance agency in a storefront on the ground floor.
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This building, on Broadway in Fort Wayne, was originally a laundromat called Solar Sudser. It later became a secondhand shop called Whutnots & Doodads, which closed in 2016. Another secondhand shop was there briefly after that, and the building has been vacant ever since.

The partially painted-over mural on the adjoining building depicted a large American flag behind the Statue of Liberty.

The tenant in the house next door said that an artist was going to paint a new mural over it, but stopped after painting over part of the old one.
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I'm still working on some new stuff,always behind in my editing. So, here's one of my favorite photographs from the early years.

This is my grandfather, Charles Crawford, holding the guitar that his mother bought him for his 16th birthday. He was 74 when I made this photograph of him 21 years ago, and he still played it occasionally. The wall behind him is covered in drawings made by his grandchildren.

Grandpa died in 2008, ten years after I made this portrait.
Just sublime...GREAT Shot, Wonderful story ... Grandpa ruled !
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This vacant storefront is on Main Street (State Road 105) in the small town of Andrews, Indiana. The sign on the front of the building, carved to look like a banner, says: "Your Home Town."
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The sky over my house on a rainy evening last Friday.
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Last Tuesday morning at dawn, this faint rainbow was visible in the sky to the west of my house in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It lasted just a couple of minutes before disappearing completely.
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A descriptive sentiment for the photographic truth, which is that every frame describes a moment that disappears completely.
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Chris -- have you ever considered that you may well be the Atget of Indiana?
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Fort Wayne is actually home to a company called Sweetwater, which is one of the largest music equipment dealers in the United States.
Really love this work Chris.

Sweetwater has very good prices on very good equipment. I strongly prefer dealing with them as opposed to Guitar Center. Bought my son's drum set from them as well as a couple guitars over the years.

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Snyder's Auction House is located in this old brick building on Main Street (State Road 105) in the small town of Andrews, Indiana. This is one of several small storefront buildings on the town's Main Street.
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Great photos Chris. The commentary adds as well. Thanks for sharing.
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I didn't add much for the last month. I've been busy doing some web design work. Now that those projects are done, I am back to trying to work through my huge backlog of photos that need edited.

Here's a new one I shot last month:






This chair has a one-eyed emoji face on its backrest.

It sits in front of the Fort Wayne Fire Department's Station #10 at the corner of Anthony Boulevard and Crescent Avenue on the northeast side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The chair has had an interesting history. I photographed it the first time back in 2010, when it had a happy face painted on it. One of the firemen who worked there at the time told me that one of the men had painted the face on the yellow chair.

In 2011, the chair was painted over with a dull flat brown paint, with no face. It stayed that way until fall of 2017, when it went back to yellow, with a frowning face wearing glasses! Since then, it has periodically changed, each time with a different Emoji face.

You can see all of the photos that I have made on it on my website --> Firehouse Emoji Chair
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This blue house is on Delaware Avenue, west of Crescent Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is one of many large old houses in that part of Fort Wayne that have been subdivided into apartments.
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