Betty was my grandma’s sister. I photographed her in front of her house in the suburbs of Chicago in 1998.
This barber shop at the corner of South Calhoun Street and McKinnie Avenue in Fort Wayne looks like something out of the 1950s. There aren’t many old storefronts like this left in the city from that time. I photographed Turn-N-Headz right after photographing the building to the left, which is home to the Alley Kat Ink Tattoo Shop.
I’ve wanted to photograph this interesting old storefront for a very long time, but there were usually cars parked in front of it during the day. After months of driving past the building on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne, which I pass every day when I drive my son to school, I found the parking lot empty! This beautiful little building looks out of place in the row of plain looking buildings that it is part of.
The building is home to Alley Kat Ink, a tattoo shop. After I made my photographs, I spent a while talking to the owner, a man about my dad’s age, about art. Several younger members of his family all work there too.
The photo of a baby between Santa and Frosty the Snowman had a handwritten note on the back that said the baby was 9 month old Jessica Rose Shuster, whose portrait was made on November 22, 1993. I photographed this in February, 2010. Jessica would have been about 17 years old. I wonder why her baby picture was left here?
The book that Santa Claus is reading to the dolls is entitled: “The Christmas Santa Almost Missed.”
Santa talks to some of the inhabitants of The Doll House.
The next photograph from The Doll House:
I made this photograph when I was a senior in high school. Our school’s student newspaper staff, on which I was a photographer, went to a high school journalism conference at Butler University in Indianapolis. We were playing around on the campus while waiting for a seminar to begin, and someone stuck her shoe in this hollow tree. I snapped a picture. This was in 1994.