Three Rivers Festival 2015 #1

An African-American boy jumps and shoots the ball at a carnival basketball game while has parents and sister watch at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A little boy tries a jump shot at the basketball game at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A young boy jumps and shoots the ball at the basketball game during the 2015 Three Rivers Festival while his parents and sister watch. He didn’t win, but I don’t think many others did, either. I went to the week-long festival almost every day, and never once saw anyone win the basketball game. The sign says “Non-Regulation Rims.” I think that means they’re smaller than the ball!

The Three Rivers Festival takes place every summer in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I go every year and photograph people at the festival. I made this photograph in the evening, as it was getting close to sunset.

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Confederate Flags

A Confederate flag with the word Redneck written across it hangs from a tree in the backyard of a house in a working class neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“Redneck” Confederate flag on a tree behind a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This Confederate battle flag hangs on a tree in the backyard of a house on the corner of Saint Marys Avenue and High Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The word “Redneck” is often used as a pejorative for poor white people, but many poor and working-class whites have embraced the name.

I talked to the woman who lives here for quite a while. She gave an articulate defense of the Confederate flag, and her reasons for displaying it. In the weeks before I photographed this flag, there has been a strident campaign on the internet to remove the Confederate flag from public view. Racist groups and individuals often use the Confederate flag, though many if not most of the southerners and ‘rednecks’ who display are not racists. For them, it is simply a part of southern culture and history.

After I photographed this flag, the owner told me that I should go across the street to the Hitch-In-Post Tavern to see the Confederate flag that hangs inside.

A Confederate flag with a roundel in the center that has a skeleton carrying a Confederate Flag, surrounded by the phrase, The South Will Rise Again. It hangs inside the Hitch-In-Post Tavern in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The roundel in the middle of this Confederate flag has a skeleton holding the Confederate flag, surrounded by the motto: “The South Will Rise Again.”

This Confederate battle flag hangs from the rail in front of the DJ booth in the Hitch-In-Post Tavern at the corner of High Street and Saint Marys Avenue on the working-class northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The roundel in the center of the flag has a skeleton carrying a Confederate flag, surrounded by the motto “The South Will Rise Again.”

A skeleton carrying a Confederate flag, with the motto, The South Will Rise Again.
Closeup crop of the roundel in the Confederate flag at the Hitch-In-Post Tavern.

I photographed the outside of the Hitch-In-Post back in 2012.

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House on Dinnen Avenue

A house decorated with several small American flags, patriotic bunting, and a wooden Uncle Sam on Dinnen Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A patriotically decorated house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This house is on Dinnen Avenue, just south of Thompson Avenue, in the Broadway area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I don’t think I have seen a house with so many American flags on display! The wooden cut-out is Uncle Sam.

This house is in nicer condition than most in this old working-class neighborhood, but many of the homes in the area display the American flag and other patriotic decorations.

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Bill’s House #3

An old man with a big beard stands in front of a large American flag on the front porch of his house on the working-class west side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Bill standing in front of the huge American flag on the front porch of his house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

An old man named Bill stands on the front porch of his house in front of the giant American flag that covers one side of the porch. His house is on Huron Street, in the working class West Main Street area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is the last of three photographs that I made of Bill and his house last month.

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Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life Is Rubbish, graffiti spray painted on the side of an abandoned industrial building in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Graffiti on the side of an abandoned building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The words are the title of an album by British alternative band Blur.

This observation on the state of life in modern America is spray-painted on the side of an abandoned building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is one of several industrial buildings on the corner of Leesburg Road and Lansing Avenue, across the street from the University of Saint Francis.

I photographed it in the evening, in the last light of the day as the sun was setting.

The words are the title of a record by Blur, a British alternative rock band.

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House On Spy Run Avenue

On the Fourth of July, an American flag hangs from a decorative Americana bald eagle on the side door of a house on Spy Run Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A bumper sticker on the door says, God Bless America.
The side door. The bumper sticker on the door says; “God Bless America.” There is also a small magnet on the door to the right of the flag that says; “Don’t Mess With Texas.”
An American flag and flowerpot in a heart shaped wrought-iron plant hanger in front of a house with daisies growing under the window in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The front of the house. I liked how the flag was framed by the heart.

I photographed this house while walking from my car to the area downtown where the fireworks were held on the evening of the Fourth of July, 2015. It is on Spy Run Avenue, just north of downtown in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Rowboat in Van Buren #2

An aluminum rowboat painted in the colors of the American flag in the small town of Van Buren, Indiana.
American flag rowboat in Van Buren, Indiana.

Here is another photograph of the patriotically decorated rowboat sitting in front of a vacant house on the east side of Wayne Street, just south of Landess Street, in the small town of Van Buren, Indiana. I posted another view of it a few days ago.

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Bill’s House #2

A huge American flag screens one side of the porch on a small white house with several hanging flower pots in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An old man with a big beard sits at the back of the porch and a plastic skull sits an a pedestal on a table in front of the flag.
Bill is sitting in the back of the porch behind the mailbox.

This house is on Huron Street, in the working class West Main Street area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I stopped to photograph it because of the large American flag that covers the side of the house’s front porch.

The owner, an old man with a big beard, was sleeping in a chair on the porch when I arrived. I had a hard time waking him to ask permission to photograph as he was a very sound sleeper, despite having loud rock music playing!

When he woke, he invited me to sit and talk, and told me that his name was Bill. The flag belonged to his father, a World War II veteran. The object on the pedestal on the table in front of the flag is a life-size plastic skull.

I photographed Bill and his house last month. I posted another photo of his place, showing the tire swing next to the house, a few weeks ago.

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Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks explode next to the Lincoln Tower on the Fourth of July in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Fourth of July Fireworks light up the sky next to the Lincoln Tower in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The 2015 Fourth of July Fireworks in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I don’t usually have much interest in photographing fireworks, but this year they looked interesting exploding next to the tall buildings in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The building in this photograph is the Lincoln Tower, which was the first skyscraper built in Indiana.

In the past, the July 4 fireworks had been fired from the Indiana – Purdue Fort Wayne campus on the northeast side of the city. Starting in 2014, they were moved downtown. They’re now shot off from atop One Summit Square, Fort Wayne’s tallest building.

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Rowboat in Van Buren

A rowboat painted like the American flag sits on a trailer in front of a house in the small town of Van Buren, Indiana. A small American flag flies from the bow of the boat.
A fisherman’s rowboat painted like the American flag in small town Van Buren, Indiana.

I found this patriotically decorated rowboat sitting in front of a vacant house on the east side of Wayne Street, just south of Landess Street, in the small town of Van Buren, Indiana.

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