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Martinsville, Indiana

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Sarah and I really enjoyed our photography trip to Spencer, Indiana, so much so that we are starting a project of photographing various small towns (and possibly larger ones as well). We’ll visit various towns, and photograph them. So far we’ve mostly walked around the square areas in these towns to get a feel for downtown, but in some cases, I hope we’ll branch out beyond that, or maybe stay longer and eat a meal or grab a drink at a local establishment to get a better idea what the places are really like. Keep in mind, though, that the goal of these photo tours is not so much to capture a general overview of what the place is like, but to find out what lurks beneath the surface. In that sense, my photos may or may not be representative of the town as a whole, or even the specific areas we visit.

What shape this project takes remains to be seen, but sometimes having more of a purpose makes photography more interesting. This time, it was a sunny day with deep blue skies, perfect conditions for a polarizer. However, I had left my filter at home. So, I tried to simulate its effects by exposing the shots differently from how I normally do it. I also tried some new post-processing techniques. I think I had some success, and these shots are stylistically rather different from the ones I took in Spencer.

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7 Responses to “Martinsville, Indiana”

  1. Eric Says:

    “Antique’s”? Nooooo!

  2. Steve A Says:

    Arnie’s looks like so much fun that the paint is getting shaken clean off the walls!

  3. Chris Says:

    I like how many of the photos show change that has occurred. It prompted questions in mind about how things came to be.

  4. Apertome Says:

    Eric: Yes, “Antique’s” made me groan, too. Ugh.

    Steve A: I wanted to get some closeups of “Arnie’s Family Fun Center,” the texture was great, with the peeling bits of paint. Guess I forgot to get closer, but I’m glad you caught that too.

    Chris: Indeed, things age and are transformed by different uses over the years in interesting ways, that’s why these kinds of scenes interest me so much.

  5. furiousBall Says:

    awesome shots dude. i’m a sucker for icicle shots, but the sunlight brick buildings really pop.

  6. Ray Says:

    All that town needs is John Dillinger to knock over the bank. The building with the clock tower is terrific. Is it City Hall? The courthouse? The high school? Help us out.

  7. Apertome Says:

    The building with the clock tower is the courthouse.

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