Grandpa Fishing

My grandpa, John Westerfield, loved to fish. We used to go fishing all the time in the summer months at his lake cottage on Goose Lake, a small lake in Whitley County, Indiana. He taught me to fly fish, and to make my own flies, which I made for him after his eyesight got too bad to do it himself. He passed away in 1999, the year I graduated from art school. He was always proud of my photography work, but he never got to see my best work. I wish that I’d done more photographs of him. Unlike my other grandpa, he didn’t like having his picture taken very much. I made this photograph in 1994.

My grandfather, John Westerfield, fishing from his pier at Goose Lake, Indiana.

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Occupy Fort Wayne #3

This little American Flag was on the ground in front of a bunch of snowmen built by Occupy Fort Wayne protesters on the Courthouse Green along Main Street. I think it had been in the hand of one of the snowmen, but someone had knocked it down.

There was also a sign stuck in a snowbank by the Occupy protesters at the corner of Main and Clinton Streets, and a snowman wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

A small American flag in the snow on a sidewalk near the courthouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Lincoln Tower

The American flag flies atop the Lincoln Tower in downtown Fort Wayne on a foggy night. The twenty-two story office building, completed in 1930, was the first skyscraper in Indiana, and it remained the tallest building in the state until a taller office tower was built in Indianapolis in 1962.

It was originally the headquarters of Lincoln National Bank (now part of Wells Fargo), and is now home to another locally owned bank, Tower Bank. There are now two taller bank towers in Fort Wayne, both soul-less and modern in appearance.

The American flag flies from the top of the Lincoln Tower on a foggy night in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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The Wash House Laundry and Dry Cleaning

I pass by this laundromat on South Calhoun Street every morning when I take my son to school. The lights are always on inside, even when it is closed, as it was the morning that I photographed it. The sign out by the street proclaims that The Wash House Laundry and Dry Cleaning is “The pride of the south side.”

I photographed it early yesterday morning, after dropping Mack off at school.

A row of chairs sit on the sidewalk in front of the brightly lit store window next to The Wash House Laundry and Dry Cleaning on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Closed Due To Pumpkin Shortage

This sign, which says that the shop is closed due to the pumpkin shortage, is posted at Hardy’s Farm Market on Knoll Road, just outside the city of Fort Wayne. They sell sweet corn grown on their farm, and they sell pumpkins in the fall.

There was a pumpkin shortage in Indiana in 2011, because bad weather in other parts of the country had destroyed pumpkin crops grown in some areas. Midwestern farmers didn’t grow enough to supply both us and those in other areas that weren’t able to grow their own.

The same day that I photographed the sign, I photographed the flower planters made from old bathroom fixtures next to the farm’s house, and the old truck rusting away in the field. A couple of years ago, I photographed an old shed behind the house.

A sign posted on the snow-covered bench in front of Hardy's Farm Market in Fort Wayne says that the store is closed due to the pumpkin shortage of 2011.

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Abandoned Farm Truck

This old 1940s era Chevrolet truck has been rusting away for decades in a field next to Hardy’s Farm Market on Knoll Road, just outside the city of Fort Wayne.

The same day that I photographed the truck, I photographed the flower planters made from old bathroom fixtures next to the farm’s house. A couple of years ago, I photographed an old shed behind the house.

An abandoned Chevrolet truck from the 1940s rusting away in the middle of a snow-covered field at a farm on Knoll Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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