This old storage shed belonged to Mr. Lawson, my grandparents’ (Charles and Rosa Crawford) neighbor. It stood beside the fence dividing the two properties.
Mr. Lawson’s house was on Ellison Road, south of US-24, in rural Allen County, Indiana. My grandparents’ land was behind Mr. Lawson’s land, and was connected to the road by a gravel lane that ran along the edge of Mr. Lawson’s land.
The shed, which looks like it was originally a chicken coop, had a big hand-painted “No Trespassing” sign hanging on the side facing grandpa’s yard when I was a child.
I made this photograph when I was in college in the late 1990s.
This utility trailer was parked next to a building on the corner of Main Street (US-33) and Mill Street in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. The building has a fireworks store in the front part of it, facing Main Street.
The trailer has an American flag painted on the back door, above a proclamation that “God, Guns, & Guts Made This World. Let’s Keep It.”
A lot of farmers in northeast Indiana use quonset huts as barns. Thousands of these prefabricated buildings were used by the U.S. military during World War II because they were easy and inexpensive to mass produce, and could be assembled quickly by soldiers who were not trained as construction workers.
After the war, most were sold off by the government and many ended up as barns and garages. This one is on the south side of County Road 1200N on the northern edge of Wells County, Indiana. CR1200N forms the border between Wells County and Allen County, and is known in Allen County as South County Line Road.
I photographed this quonset hut barn a few minutes before sunset. I also photographed this place on a foggy morning eight years earlier, in 2008.
The only things in the living room of this abandoned farmhouse were an old television set, two office chairs, and a bunch of pornographic magazines and the boxes of XXX movies littering the floor.
The house is falling apart; the chunks of plaster covering the floor are from the room’s ceiling. I have photographed this place several times over the last decade, but it was always closed up. The front door was open the day I made this photograph.
This old farmhouse is on Lower Huntington Road, just northeast of the intersection of Lower Huntington and Airport Expressway in southeast Allen County, Indiana. Several silos stand behind the house. There used to be a bunch of old derelict cars and trucks in the yard, but they’ve been removed.
Rural Indiana’s landscapes are always beautiful in the evening. I made these photograph at sunset, looking northwest from South County Line Road, just west of Coverdale Road, in rural southwest Allen County. They were done just a few minutes apart, in the rapidly changing light at the end of the day on June 6, 2016.
South County Line Road is the border between Allen County and Wells County.