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In Between

One of my favorite locations to visit nearby with my camera is the old tobacco warehouse district in Danville, Virginia. There is a large project underway to renovate many of the old warehouses and administrative brick buildings into residential property, which is a good thing, but from a historical standpoint, I prefer to capture how it “once was” rather than how it “might be.” I am always on the lookout for interesting views there, and found some nice compositions recently “in between” two structures. I wonder what sort of vehicle, truck or train, once passed over the old timber roadway.

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Here are two wider angle images that show the sort of buildings involved. This area was once a thriving business center that served the tobacco industry in the Virginia, North Carolina region.

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A Train in Henry, Virginia

Henry, Virginia is really just a name and Zip Code, more than it is a small settlement, town or city. In fact, one of its few main remaining buildings is not much more than a great photo opportunity. The main draw for me are the train tracks that pass close by to that building, and the manner in which the vacant tracks pass into the distance, giving some nice perspective views. That was my mission the day I visited recently, to photograph the tracks with some interesting perspective views. As I was standing in the middle of the tracks with my camera in hand, I heard in the distance the soulful sound of an oncoming train, as it passed by distant road crossings I could not see. I was excited because this meant I’d be able to get a close up photo of the Norfolk Southern train engines as they passed by me, standing a safe distance of course. It was a very long coal train and since I was headed in the direction of the side of the tracks I was on, I decided to drive on with some nice photos. Before I left, however, I snapped an image of the town’s historic building. I have a lot of photos of that building which I’ve taken over the years. Henry, though very small, is one of my favorite locations in the Blue Ridge region.

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Around an Old Factory

Urban decay is present in most cities and towns across America. Old factories often have some interesting photo opportunities. Here are several examples.

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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

Always Looking

I’ve written here many times, and have shown lots of examples to illustrate, why its a good idea to always be on the lookout for some interesting photo compositions, that many folks might never see. I hope you enjoy the folowing.

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Small Town Banks

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Once, many years ago, most towns and cities in America had at least one usually small bank that served the people living nearby. The Great Depression of the 1930s mostly spelled an end to many of these banks, but some carried on. Today, what’s left are the shells of those banks, still standing strong with their Greek architectural style, reminding many of what once was. This bank I thought was unusual mainly due to its rather narrow but tall stature. The addition to the right side was an afterthought to the main building … I suspect. The next image provides a bit more detail. Nice subjects to find, and then to photograph.

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

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History in Virginia

In my opinion, the best places in the Commonwealth of Virginia to look for “history” are located in small towns and cities in relatively less traveled places compared to, for example, Virginia locals near the nation’s capital in the District of Columbia. Not that the latter is not full of great history, it’s just too “busy” for my tastes.

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Chatham, Virginia south of Lynchburg is one small town that I love to visit. The old courthouse for Pittsylvania County is located in Chatham and its tall columns and unique clock tower make for some nice photography. The county was formed in 1767 and was named for William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham. The Greek Revival building was originally built in 1853. Like I said, lots of history down here.

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

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On the farm, old and new

I think that a nice time to make photos is when leaves are off the trees. We can see so much more, plus “colors” as they exist stand out better. I love findong nice photo opportunities in farming settings here in SW Virginia. Below are two examples … old and new.

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A Wonderful Find

One of our family friends was showing me a couple of photos she had taken on her iPhone this winter and when I saw one I asked her where she found that subject, an old General Store. I decided right then that I was going to go visit that place with my camera as soon as the weather warmed and cleared. I’m so glad she put me onto this place because the photo below has become one of my new “favorites” of 2015 so far.

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Getting a bit closer, I focused in on the old gasoline pump.

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Check out the per gallon cost of gas at the time this pump was shut down. 32 cents.

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Outdoor advertising was the main method of getting attention to products. Some signs were hand painted, others printed. All interesting and in the case of those still around, looking good.

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Subjects like this are really great to find and photograph. In this case I had some help in the form of a tip from a friend. I’d love to get a lot more of these kinds of tips. Who knows, maybe I will.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

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Style in Black and White

These type photo compositions look best to me when done in black and white, especially on cloudy or overcast days. Most digital cameras today allow for this black and white setting versus color in camera; but perhaps one might prefer using Adobe Lightroom for example, to selectively transform a full color image into black and white during post processing. It’s all fun no matter what you do. Just do it!

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Seeking the Old, in Old

Old buildings, used today or not used at all, no matter the purpose or design, are always interesting photo subjects for my eye. These scenes are located in the old Leaksville business section of Eden, NC. I sure would like to go back in time to see how busy the old hotel was, and the sort of visitor staying there. And then, I’d like to see what products Mr. Jones sold years ago in his hardware store. And what about the movies seen at the Eden Drive In? Don’t see these around much any more. Lots of questions, so many possible answers.

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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 
 
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