The sky was especially beautiful in the early morning of December 20, 2016. I made six photographs of the sky, picking out patterns of light and color to create abstract images.
The first four were made in front of my house in the Waynedale area on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The last two were made about an hour later on US-33 on the northwest corner of the city.
This giant Merry Christmas wreath made of thousands of colored lights hangs on the back of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center (formerly known as One Summit Square) in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Originally built in the late 1930s to adorn the side of the Wolf and Dessauer Department Store in downtown Fort Wayne, it was lost after the store closed around 1970. There was also a smaller version of this wreath and a 150 foot long Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer.
A decade later, all three of the Wolf and Dessauer Christmas displays were discovered hidden away in a warehouse. In bad condition, they needed hundreds of hours or work and thousands of dollars worth of parts to restore it to functioning condition. A group of local electricians, including my grandfather, John Westerfield, volunteered their time to rebuild the historic displays.
After the restoration was complete in the early 1980s, they were put back on display during the Christmas season.
The Indiana-Michigan Power Center, Fort Wayne’s tallest building, occupies the block in downtown Fort Wayne bounded by Washington Boulevard, Calhoun Street, Clinton Street, and Wayne Street.
The wreath hangs on the back of the building, facing north toward Wayne Street. The land behind the building is a public plaza, which was so icy when I was there photographing that I had to smash holes in the ice with a flashlight I had in my pocket just to keep the tripod from sliding!
This classic “EAT” arrow sign is mounted on the side of Twentieth Century Restaurant, a small diner in a cinderblock building on the south side of US-6, just west of State Road 15, in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. It is a few miles north of the small town of Milford.
This sunflower farm is located on the northeast corner of County Road 900N and State Road 9 in Huntington County, Indiana. I made these photographs on a September evening, on one of the last days of summer.
This house is on Wells Street, between Russell Avenue and Elmer Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’ve always found it interesting, as it is built on top of a steep hill, with the garage built into the hill under the house.
The garage door still has a Bernie Sanders campaign sign in the window, though I photographed it three weeks after the 2016 presidential election.
This doorway separates two of the rooms at Little Shop of Laura’s, a secondhand shop on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Among the ladies handbags hanging from the top of the doorway is a sign that says:
“Prayer Changes Things.”
The heart painted on the wall is one of many that adorn the walls of the store.
On November 30, I drove out to rural Noble County, Indiana. I stopped on County Road 250W, between County Road 275S and County Road 400S, and photographed the gravel road. I then made three landscape photographs of the harvested cornfields on the east side of the road.