The Long Way Home

Summer Respite
July 15, 2011, 6:49 AM
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Despite the technical imperfections of this photo batch, I like them because they capture a simple, beautiful moment in my summer: sitting with friends around a fire, talking about everything and nothing. Toasting marshmallows. Lightening bugs and black sky dotted with stars. I thought about all that has happened so far this year, how some days are harder than others. And some days it leads up to the small moments. Just this.





Full Circle
December 19, 2010, 8:31 AM
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Finding  rolls of undeveloped film is about as Christmas as it gets around this house. These photos marked the end of last winter, early March and a trip to Circus Town. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had about 5 more rolls of film to get developed, so we’ll see what images those bring into the new year. I promised myself in 2010 that I’d take more analog photos and I hardly took any. It’s easier to lug around my digital camera than my film cameras, but I don’t want to use that an excuse. If the project calls for film, I have to stick to that promise.







When the World Stops
December 12, 2010, 9:22 AM
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I have  rolls of film that I finally got developed, some from the last snow storm in February, this color roll from a trip we took  in March to find Circus Town. Finding these negatives is like revisiting that moment all over again, even though it was just an ordinary day. I don’t remember taking some of these. I thought they captured that feeling of an upcoming storm, when the news casts predict an apocalyptic amount of snow, where you can stay inside reading or watching movies and excuse yourself from what has to be done for the day.

through the window

route 422

early evening

The Mystery of Circus Town
March 9, 2010, 8:25 PM
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What was Circus Town? A coworker of Jeff’s said this abandoned theme park once housed a petting zoo and carnival rides. I didn’t realize until later that the photos I had taken this past Saturday in Butler County were all circus-related: Humpty Dumpty towering over the Country Kitchen on Route 8; a closed hot dog shop in Butler; and even the Book Nook sign is like a striped circus tent. The 4 o’clock sun cast long shadows across the Circus Town road entrance like fun house mirror images. My photo narrative is becoming more intuitive. 

entrance to Circus Town

Humpty Dumpty watching over Route 8

Book Nook


The Hot Dog Shop

4:00 shadow

house skeleton on the Circus Town property

no longer served


final act

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