About this site
This site is the result of a five-year project, in which I visited small towns, festivals and other events, looking for images that related to my memories of growing up on a farm in Walkerton, IN.
My aim for this project was to celebrate rural life without idealizing it. Many of my photos contain signs of a previous time in rural life, when locally owned stores and family farms were the norm. Today chain stores and agribusiness are prevalent in rural communities. I looked for ways to reveal this change in my photos, often finding humor in the odd juxtapositions that can be found in contemporary rural life.
Above all, I like to take a second look at things people might consider very ordinary, and try to reveal their inherent beauty and individuality.
I set up this site to have a place to share my photos and to catalog the entire body of work. I hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to email your comments.
Some of the photos posted here are available for purchase as editioned color archival prints, signed and unframed. Please visit Artpost Gallery to order online.
Why fourteen places to eat?
When I first moved to Walkerton in 2001, one of my biggest complaints was that there were not enough places to eat out. Or, rather, practically no places to eat out. So I was happy when news arrived that a new restaurant was opening there. Imagine my surprise when I read a letter to the editor in the local paper against the new restaurant. The letter stated we already had enough places to eat in this town. The writer counted a total of fourteen places to eat, which included four restaurants, three gas stations, four bars, a truck stop, a convenience mart, and a bowling alley.