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.
Category Archives: Architecture
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting a bit closer, I focused in on the old gasoline pump.
Check out the per gallon cost of gas at the time this pump was shut down. 32 cents.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Whenever I’m looking for possible photographs while wandering around, I tend to focus on “windows” and other glass surfaces on buildings as I find them, and try to position myself such that I get an interesting reflection. I was especially lucky with the first image below with the old lamp. Again I say, keep your eyes open and moving around, seeking something different. You may be rewarded
There is no doubt that “history” is all around us today; as I’ve written before, if we’ll just look for it. A prime example is what I discovered recently in Wentworth, NC, a small rural town located in the Piedmont region of the state, just across the state line from Virginia. History is even better when you have a camera to record what you see.
Wright Tavern was built in 1816 and served for decades as a location where people living near gathered for social purposes, and some fine food and drink. It also served as a place where a traveler could stop to rest for the night in relative comfort. Over the years the building fell into disrepair but concerned citizens decided to renovate it to its original look, but transforming it into the local Post Office, a purpose it serves today.
I liked the old style, “wrinkled glass” in the windows, which make for some interesting patterns when standing outside. The stairway to the upper level, once where bedrooms were located, made me wonder how many feet had trod those worn, wooden steps for so many years. And lastly, I was attracted to the brick chimneys, one for the main building and one for the attached kitchen and cooking area.
While the building serves a public service today for processing mail, it also serves as a historical attraction, open for visitors on certain days to those portions of the building where it’s history remains in plain view. I applaud those who take the time and effort to bring history alive for those living today. Wright Tavern is just one example.
I’ll label small historic structures, located near (usually in the rear) larger structures, “outbuildings.” I see lots of those still around today as I travel about rural SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. As interesting as those buildings can be by themselves, I often see items placed nearby, as well as close-up views of textures that catch my eye.