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Chris Crawford I am pleased to announced a long time member has agreed to help and mentor others in photographic technique. As he has long done so, perhaps this forum is a bit overdue. Christopher Crawford has been a professional artist and photographer for 20 years, most of that time spent documenting life in northern Indiana with his photographs and the stories that he writes to accompany them. In addition, Chris also creates tutorials where he teaches photography techniques, film processing, digital editing, film scanning, and printing. Ask Chris your technical questions, or to critique your photos. You can see more of his tutorials at http://crawfordphotoschool.com

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Old 06-04-2019   #2521
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This vacant storefront building is on Main Street (State Road 105) in the small town of Andrews, Indiana. A Coca-Cola sign and a "For Lease" sign hang in the front window.

It is one of several small storefront buildings on the town's Main Street.
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I made these photographs of the sky at dawn on the morning of May 21, 2019. I had been up all night working, and was getting ready to finally get some sleep when I noticed the beautiful color gradations in the clear sky over my house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


These kind of abstract images made from the sky are a project that I have been working on for several years. You can see more of them here:

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This storefront is on the north end of the Welker Block, a century old brick building on the southeast corner of Wells Street and Fourth Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

When I was young, this part of the building was a rough bar called the Happen Inn. After the bar closed, the furniture store next door, Linda Lou's, expanded into the former bar's space. Linda Lou's didn't change the facade, which retained the octagonal tavern windows from the Happen Inn.

Linda Lou's went out of business in October, 2017. In early 2019, the building was extensively renovated and the old tavern storefront was removed and replaced with large modern windows.

I made this photograph in 2018, before the renovations began.
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I made this abstract image of the sky at sunrise last Saturday morning.

I photographed it looking southwest from my home in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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This house with a giant American flag painted on the side is on Delaware Avenue, west of Crescent Avenue, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is one of many large old houses in that part of Fort Wayne that have been subdivided into apartments.

The house's owner, Andy Ankenbruck, told me that he painted the flag when he was repainting the house in early 2019. This house is next to the blue house with a chair on the porch that I posted a photo of a couple weeks ago.
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Kermit's Bar and Grill is in a big old brick commercial building built in 1895 on Main Street (State Road 105) in the small town of Andrews, Indiana.
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Last night, my son and I went to see the Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Fort Wayne. The top of the Lincoln Tower, Indiana's oldest skyscraper, were illuminated in red, white, and blue light.
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This ragged-looking pine tree grows in my next-door neighbor's back yard.
I photographed it at dawn on the Fourth of July. The tree is to the west of my house, so the sun was rising behind me, which is why the sky has not yet brightened up.
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I just learned that Sam Hyde died yesterday. Sam was the owner of Hyde Brothers Books, an incredible used book store in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I've been buying books from Sam since I was young, and probably half of the 2000+ books that I own came from Hyde Brothers.

Sam was one of the kindest and most generous people I knew. When I was a young artist, struggling to make enough money to live, he often gave me books that he thought I would like. He also loved Cats, and always had one or two of them living in the store at all times.

This is so sad. I made this photograph of Sam behind his counter 12 years ago. Notice the ball of fur curled up in front of him!

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Sorry for your loss...and the loss of an independent bookstore owner who is a friend is a loss. I patronized a store in my small city for 30 years owned and operated by a couple who had started their careers as English teachers in high schools. They became friends of my wife and me. When they retired at 70 and closed the shop, it was a loss, even though they had active retirement plans and are having a ball. By the closing date they had survived many independent local stores and at least three chain competitors that came and went by having great taste, knowing their customers' individual book preferences and watching their inventory like hawks and clearing it out, if it wasn't moving. I hope that your store doesn't close.


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There's a lone Yucca plant growing in one of my overgrown flower beds, and it is flowering. My grandparents planted it when I was a kid, back when this was their house.
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I photographed this beautiful sky Wednesday evening in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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