Cash For Gold From Superman

The “We Buy Gold” store in the JoAnn Plaza shopping center on Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana always has people standing on the corner holding these “Cash For Gold” signs. This young man always dresses as Superman or Spiderman, so I stopped and photographed him on June 10, 2010. He said he was 19 years old and was working to help support his three week old baby son.

A young man in a Superman costume holds a sign that says WE BUY GOLD at the corner of Coldwater Road and Collins Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is advertising a store called We Buy Gold in the JoAnn Plaza shopping center.

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Paleteria La Michoacana

Wells Street in Fort Wayne is an old commercial district that had been deteriorating for a long time. In the last few years, a lot of the old storefronts have been bought or rented by Mexican immigrants who have fixed them up and opened businesses like this restaurant. The city has finally stepped in and begun to fix up the infrastructure with new curbs and sidewalks and fancy new Victorian style street lamps, and some of the Anglo businesses have begun fixing up their buildings as well.

Paleteria La Michoacana Mexican Ice Cream Parlor on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Richard Youse’s House

I am adding more photographs that I made of Richard Youse and his house in rural southeast Allen County, Indiana near the town of Hoagland. I met Mr. Youse almost a decade ago when I was driving out in the country looking for an abandoned schoolhouse that I had seen on an earlier expedition. I saw his old farmhouse and stopped to photograph it. He told me that he was 87 years old and had lived there with his cats ever since his parents died decades earlier. He had grown up in the house, located on Emenhiser Road just north of the county line.

The house was demolished after Mr. Youse was put in a nursing home sometime around 2004. I later learned that he had passed away at the beginning of 2005. This photograph was made of his land in 2008. You can see the driveway going back into the fields that now cover his former yard. The house stood in front of the windmill stand where the field on the left side of the photograph is now located.

The empty field where Richard Youse's house once sat. The remnants of the driveway are visible in the area between the fields. The house once stood in front of the windmill. Located on Emenhiser Road near Hoagland, Indiana.

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I am slowly adding more of my photographs of Mr. Youse after talking to members of his family who found my website, so there will be more coming this summer.

This cat attacked me a few months ago!

A few months before this photograph was made, I was walking down Wagner Street in Fort Wayne, near where I live, taking pictures to test a camera I had bought. This fat cat was sitting on a porch, so I stopped to photograph him. He ran out and began to rub my legs and purr before I could get a photo, so I petted him and he seemed really friendly. Until I stopped petting him. Then the S.O.B. turned around and tore open my hand! I jumped up and he began to rub my legs again! I pushed him away with my foot; I wasn’t petting him after he attacked me. As I walked away, he jumped at my legs and attacked them too!

I saw him out again the day I made this photograph, so I walked down and took some photos of him, which he allowed this time. The old man who owned him came out and told me that he had found the cat as a stray in Ohio ten years ago. He laughed when I told him about the cat attacking me the first time I saw it, and he told me that the cat had always had a bad attitude! 6-3-10

A fat shorthaired cat sitting on a sidewalk on a sunny day.

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The Ortiz Mountains in New Mexico

This is one of the photographs that I made when I lived in New Mexico a few years ago. The Ortiz Mountains is a small mountain range in the southern part of Santa Fe County. Though it is 40+ miles south of the city of Santa Fe, the Ortiz is visible from the city. This photograph was made about 20 miles south of Santa Fe, near the town of Cerrillos. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad track is visible in the foreground.

The Ortiz Mountains under breaking storm clouds in northern New Mexico.

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