Sunbeam Bread Sign

The animated Sunbeam Bread sign on top of the Perfection Bakery building in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Sunbeam Bread sign atop the
Perfection Bakery building in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Since 1957, the huge Sunbeam Bread sign on top of Perfection Bakery has been a landmark in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The slices of bread falling out of the package are mounted on a wheel. When the sign is turned on, the rotating wheel makes it appear as though a continuous stream of bread slices are falling from the package to the plate.

Since I posted this photograph, I have been told by fellow photographers around the United States that other bakeries that produced Sunbeam Bread also had this type of sign.

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©2015 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

iPad Photographer

A woman photographing a ferris wheel with the camera in her Apple iPad at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Woman taking pictures with an Apple iPad at the Three Rivers Festival 2015 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This woman is photographing the ferris wheel at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival with her iPad’s camera. This year, I saw very, very few people taking pictures with cameras of any kind.

A lot of people were photographing, but most were using cellphone cameras or tablets. I saw a few people shooting with manual film cameras. I saw more people using digital SLRs. Only one or two were using digital point-n-shoot cameras, and nobody was using film point-n-shoots. Aside from professionals and serious photography enthusiasts, no one uses cameras anymore!

The Three Rivers Festival takes place every summer in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I go every year and photograph people at the festival.

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Fort Wayne Sucks Dick

Graffiti on a boarded up storefront on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne Sucks Dick! Fuck Her Right In The Pussy.
Obscene graffiti on a vacant building at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Dewald Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This building is a vacant storefront on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Dewald Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The graffiti on the boarded-up window says; “Fort Wayne Sucks Dick!” The board on the sidewalk says; “Fuck Her Right In The Pussy.”

The commentary on Fort Wayne is obviously an expression of the graffitist’s feelings for our city, though I don’t get the point of the graffiti on the other board.

“Fuck Her Right In The Pussy” is an internet meme created by some men in Kentucky who created fake news broadcasts for YouTube, made to look like they came from a TV station in Cincinnati, which feature a creepy-looking guy in a hoodie grabbing the “reporter’s” microphone and screaming that phrase into it.

The very vulgar expression has catapulted the guy in the hoodie to fame on the internet. There’s a Wikipedia article on it, and a Facebook page as well!

While I was photographing it, two young women who had graduated from high school this year stopped to do their own photos. They were shooting film! While I was talking to them, a man close to my parents age also stopped to photograph this place.

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Watching the Store

An old worn doll sits on a weathered wooden chair on the sidewalk in front of Candlelight Antiques, an antique store on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
An old doll sits in front of Candlelight Antiques on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This doll is often seen sitting on an old chair on the sidewalk in front of Candlelight Antiques on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Brick House on Kinnaird Avenue

An American flag hanging from the porch of an old brick house on Kinnaird Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A paper American flag made by a child is taped on the front door.
An American flag on the porch of a 19th century brick house on Kinnaird Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Kinnaird Avenue, east of South Wayne Street, on the south side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The American flag taped to the window on the door looks like it was painted by a child.

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Porch Rocker

A wooden rocking chair on the front porch of a house in Indiana.
A rocking chair on the front porch of a small house on Arbor Avenue in my neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Arbor Avenue, in the neighborhood where I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

When I was a teenager, the owner of the house was an elderly man named Cecil Young. I used to visit him often, and we would talk about photography, which he had done as a hobby since he was a young man.

After he and his wife died, the house’s new owners added on to it. The house was very small; it only had one bedroom. The Youngs had been married for over 50 years, but never had any children.

The porch was one of the things that was added. When I met Cecil, there was a flowerbed in front of the house, where the porch is now. I first met him when I knocked on his door to ask him if I could photograph the crocuses he had goring there.

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Portrait of My Son

Portrait of MacKenzie Crawford
My 18 year old son, MacKenzie Crawford

I made this portrait of Mack a couple weeks ago standing behind our house in Fort Wayne, which used to be my grandparents’ house. He’s 18 years old now, and has graduated from high school.

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You Are My Every Thought!

A hand-made sign that says, You Are My Every Thought, hanging under a speed limit sign on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This sign was posted on Ardmore Avenue, just north of Nutman Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A few days before I photographed it, this handlettered sign appeared under the speed limit sign on the east side of Ardmore Avenue, just north of Nuttman Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A few days after I photographed it, the sign was gone.

I wonder who put it there, and to whom was it addressed? I photographed it July 20.

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Family Dollar Store Construction #6

A newly opened Family Dollar store on Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A Grand Opening banner hangs over the front doors.
The store is complete and open for business.

This Family Dollar store just opened on the east side of Bluffton Road, between Sandpoint Road and Engle Road, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I first photographed this place almost a year before I made this photograph. In September of 2014, this was a vacant lot, covered in grass, where a company that built dump trucks had once been located.

I have photographed it again several more times after construction on this building began, creating a series documenting the tranformation of the land from a vacant lot to a retail location. This is the final photograph in the series. See the entire Vacant Lot To Retail Store project from start to finish.

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Mechanic Street

An American flag hanging on the veranda of an old brick house behind a tall hedge at the corner of Boone Street and Mechanic Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
American flag on the veranda of an old brick house in the West Main Street area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on the corner of Boone Street and Mechanic Street, in the working class West Main Street area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This was once a wealthy area, and many of the houses, like this one, are large and ornate, though many are in poor condition. The American flag on this house hangs on the veranda facing west toward Mechanic Street.

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