God Bless America

A God Bless America sign on a stairway on the outside of a two-story cinderblock garage behind a house on Nelson Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The parking area between the house and garage has a pickup truck and an old motorhome RV parked in it.

This cinderblock garage stands behind a house on the southeast corner of Taylor Street and Nelson Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The little round sign on the stair rail, which has the American flag and a picture of the Statue of Liberty printed on it, says: “God Bless America.”

I also photographed the house across the street on the same day.

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Sidewalk Chair

An overstuffed chair sits on the edge of the road beside an old house on Nelson Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This chair sat on the edge of the road next to a house on the southwest corner of Taylor Street and Nelson Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The chair is on Nelson Street, probably waiting to be picked up by the garbage men.

I photographed the front of this house back in 2011.

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Make A Change

Make A Change, a sign written on a chalkboard with a big heart drawn on it. The sign hangs above a bench painted like the American flag in an alcove on the side of a stucco building on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The building is a secondhand store called Little Shop of Lauras.

This building at the corner of Broadway and Stophlet Street in Fort Wayne is home to an antiques and used clothing store called “Little Shop of Laura’s.” I first photographed the bench in 2013, soon after Laura Hancock, the store’s owner, painted it to look like the American flag.

Laura later added the chalkboard, whose message changes every week or so. When I made this photograph last week, it said: “Make A Change.”

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Morning Fog At Hodell Acres

Fog at sunrise hangs over the pond at Hodell Acres, the WMCA summer camp on Elmhurst Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The surface of the pond is covered in a thin layer of ice. A view through the trees that surround the deep depression where the pond, a former quarry, is located.

Fog hovered over the ground at sunrise on the January morning when I made this photograph of the pond at Hodell Acres, the WMCA summer camp on Elmhurst Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This small plot of forested land is located in the city, with the neighborhood where I grew up on the north side of it and several industrial facilities to the south.

The pond was originally dug as the beginnings of a stone quarry that was never completed. It sits at the bottom of a deep hole with several trails cut into the steep sides leading down to the water. When I was a kid, neighborhood kids would explore the woods and fish in the pond, which only had tiny bluegill.

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Cubs Win – Hillary For Prison

Cubs Win, Hillary For Prison. A handmade sign nailed to the weathered wood side of an abandoned shack on the corner of Hadley Road and Bass Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A lot of people in Indiana were thrilled to see the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series. It was the team’s first World Series win in more than a century!

A lot of people in Indiana posted “Hillary For Prison” signs during the incredibly nasty 2016 presidential election that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

Only in Fort Wayne could someone conclude that it would be great to make a sign that would show his delight at the Cubs’ victory and his belief that Hillary Clinton should be sent to prison; all on one small crudely lettered piece of brown cardboard nailed to the side of an abandoned building!

This weatherbeaten little building stands on the corner of Hadley Road and Bass Road, just outside the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it last week.

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Always Kiss Me Goodnight

An American flag and a romantic sign hang in the window of an old garage in the West Central Neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The sign says, Always Kiss Me Goodnight.

This window is on the side of an old garage next to a house on Rockhill Road in the West Central neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The sign under the American flag says: “Always Kiss Me Goodnight.”

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December Evening Sky Abstracts

There were several interesting clouds in the sky on the evening of December 30, 2016. I photographed the abstract forms created by the shapes of the clouds in the blue sky near sunset.

Abstract photograph of bands of thin yellow clouds running diagonally across the middle of the blue sky near sunset. Photographed in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
December Evening Sky Abstraction #1. I made this photograph in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abstract photograph of lines of thin dark blue clouds radiating out from a bright area in the sky near sunset. Photographed in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
December Evening Sky Abstraction #2. I made this one near Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abstract photograph of broken dark blue clouds on a light blue sky near sunset. Photographed in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
December Evening Sky Abstraction #3. I made this one near Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Foggy January Morning in Rural Indiana

Patches of snow and ice in a desolate field on a foggy January morning. The landscape is on Branstrator Road in rural Allen County, Indiana.

This field is on the east side of Branstrator Road, between Ferguson Road and Winters Road, in the southwest corner of Allen County, Indiana.

The early morning fog was so thick that the patches of snow and ice in the foreground, which were about ten feet in front of me, were all that I could see.

I photographed it last Tuesday morning; January 3, 2017.

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Footprints In The Snow

Footprints in the snow form a path to a white bench in front of a wooden fence in my parents front yard in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Footprints in the snow form a path to a white bench in my parents’ front yard in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I photographed it on Christmas Day while waiting for dinner.

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First Photograph of The New Year

Sunrise behind a line of trees on the edge of a field in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. Photographed on New Years Day 2017. Christopher Crawford's first photograph of the year.

The dawn of a new year. My first photograph of 2017 was this photograph of the sunrise early in the morning on New Year’s Day.

I made this photograph looking northeast from the north side of US-33/US-6, just west of East County Line Road in Elkhart County, Indiana. It is a few miles west of the Noble County town of Ligonier.

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