A condemnation notice from the Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code Enforcement office is taped to the entrance to Team Auto Group, a now-closed used car dealer on Bluffton Road, between Sandpoint Road and Engle Road, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The sign says that the building is “Unsafe and unfit for human occupancy.” I wonder what is wrong with it? The building looks well-maintained on the outside. The American flag hanging from the mailbox is made to mount on the top of a car window.
This place has been home to several used-car dealers over the years. I photographed it a few years ago, when it was called Freedom motors. I madee this photo last week.
This is a computer lab at Lakeside Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As an artist and a literature teacher, I liked the message on the bulletin board:
“Be an original. A copy is never worth as much. Don’t plagiarize.”
The teacher who posted it probably intended to discourage kids from copying essays from the internet when writing research papers, but the message is important for the kids on a more personal level as well. It can be incredibly difficult to get kids, especially middle schoolers, to think for themselves, to live their own lives according to their own desires and needs. They are so concerned with ‘fitting in’ with the rest of the crowd that they sacrifice something far more important than their social lives.
This vacant building stands on the southeast corner of Broadway and Huestis Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is across the street from Broadway Joe’s Tavern.
It has been home to a long list of short-lived businesses over the years, including a laundromat, a clothing store, and a Hispanic music and video store. Most recently it was home to Alley Kat Ink, a tattoo shop that had originally been located on South Calhoun Street.
I photographed it last Thursday, right after I photographed the broken playhouse nearby.
A few days before I made this photograph, Little Caesar’s Pizza opened a new location on Bluffton Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The restaurant is a couple of blocks south of a Papa John’s Pizza location, so Papa John’s has had a man dressed as a giant walking pizza slice holding a sign across the street from the new Little Caesar’s store!
Am I the only one who thinks that it is strange that a slice of pizza is encouraging people to eat pizzas?
I met Sterling Hall Sr. after photographing another place near his house. I’d parked my car across the street from his house on High Street, just west of Runnion Avenue on Fort Wayne’s west side.
As I was walking back to my car, his tiny white dog, Dot, began hysterically barking and snarling at me. I said to the dog; “My cat could eat you!” I used to have a 23lb cat who liked to terrorize dogs.
Mr. Hall was sitting in a wheelchair in the front doorway of his house, so I went up and started talking to him. He asked me why I was taking pictures, and I told him about my work documenting life in Fort Wayne. He asked me to take a picture of him.
While I was photographing him, he told me that he had recently had his right leg amputated.
This is a former United Brethren Church in the small town of Ossian, Indiana. The brick church, built in 1889, is located on the north side of Mill Street, just west of Church Street. It is now a private residence.
My son and I went out to dinner at the Bob Evans restaurant at The Village At Coventry shopping center in Fort Wayne yesterday evening. As we got out of the car, I saw this rainbow in the sky over the US-24/I-69 interchange just south of where we stood.
It lasted less than a minute, just long enough for me to set my camera and make three quick exposures. This was the first, and the best, of them.