This is the front window of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.
The bumper sticker on the window says; “If You ♥︎ Your Freedom, Thank A Vet!”
The sign under the sticker says; “Think Before You Donate.” It lists a number of well-known charities, along with the amount each organization’s leaders are paid, and how much of the money that people donate is actually used to help people in need. Many of them do very little to make the world a better place, while their leaders are paid six-figure salaries! The sign noted that the VFW’s leaders are paid nothing; they’re volunteers, even at the highest levels.
Churubusco’s VFW is in a storefront on Main Street (US-33). I thought that the Uncle Sam lawn gnome in the window was funny. I’ve never seen one of those before!
Since 1957, the huge Sunbeam Bread sign on top of Perfection Bakery has been a landmark in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The slices of bread falling out of the package are mounted on a wheel. When the sign is turned on, the rotating wheel makes it appear as though a continuous stream of bread slices are falling from the package to the plate.
Since I posted this photograph, I have been told by fellow photographers around the United States that other bakeries that produced Sunbeam Bread also had this type of sign.
This woman is photographing the ferris wheel at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival with her iPad’s camera. This year, I saw very, very few people taking pictures with cameras of any kind.
A lot of people were photographing, but most were using cellphone cameras or tablets. I saw a few people shooting with manual film cameras. I saw more people using digital SLRs. Only one or two were using digital point-n-shoot cameras, and nobody was using film point-n-shoots. Aside from professionals and serious photography enthusiasts, no one uses cameras anymore!
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.
This building is a vacant storefront on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Dewald Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The graffiti on the boarded-up window says; “Fort Wayne Sucks Dick!” The board on the sidewalk says; “Fuck Her Right In The Pussy.”
The commentary on Fort Wayne is obviously an expression of the graffitist’s feelings for our city, though I don’t get the point of the graffiti on the other board.
“Fuck Her Right In The Pussy” is an internet meme created by some men in Kentucky who created fake news broadcasts for YouTube, made to look like they came from a TV station in Cincinnati, which feature a creepy-looking guy in a hoodie grabbing the “reporter’s” microphone and screaming that phrase into it.
The very vulgar expression has catapulted the guy in the hoodie to fame on the internet. There’s a Wikipedia article on it, and a Facebook page as well!
While I was photographing it, two young women who had graduated from high school this year stopped to do their own photos. They were shooting film! While I was talking to them, a man close to my parents age also stopped to photograph this place.
This house is on Arbor Avenue, in the neighborhood where I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
When I was a teenager, the owner of the house was an elderly man named Cecil Young. I used to visit him often, and we would talk about photography, which he had done as a hobby since he was a young man.
After he and his wife died, the house’s new owners added on to it. The house was very small; it only had one bedroom. The Youngs had been married for over 50 years, but never had any children.
The porch was one of the things that was added. When I met Cecil, there was a flowerbed in front of the house, where the porch is now. I first met him when I knocked on his door to ask him if I could photograph the crocuses he had goring there.
A few days before I photographed it, this handlettered sign appeared under the speed limit sign on the east side of Ardmore Avenue, just north of Nuttman Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A few days after I photographed it, the sign was gone.
I wonder who put it there, and to whom was it addressed? I photographed it July 20.
This Family Dollar store just opened on the east side of Bluffton Road, between Sandpoint Road and Engle Road, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
I first photographed this place almost a year before I made this photograph. In September of 2014, this was a vacant lot, covered in grass, where a company that built dump trucks had once been located.