Monday, February 4, 2019

This is What a Blockbuster Looked Like...

…for the most part.

These stores weren’t always filled with banners displaying slogans like “everything must go” and “entire store on sale.” In fact, the idea of a Blockbuster Video location closing was probably once thought to be preposterous.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fantasy Diner and Ice Cream Parlor

It's not uncommon for Midwestern winters to feature the occasional plunge into single digit temperatures. Still, it doesn’t make the cold any easier and the feeling is a far contrast from the humid, muggy days of an Ohio summer. The kind of days you might spend on an amusement park midway, just as the lights are coming on right before night settles in, a relevant experience whether it’s the turn of the century, the “fabulous 50s,” or the modern era of corporately backed carnivals. That sort of mental image was of little comfort, though, as I pulled into a gas station to fill my tires with air, the dashboard thermometer registering at two degrees Fahrenheit. I was annoyed and running late to meet my friend at the gravesite of two amusement parks, a memorial that claimed to serve delicious food.

Twenty minutes down the road (and ten minutes late), I pulled up to what was once known as Fantasy Farm Amusement Park, while the few remains of another park—Americana/LeSourdsville Lake—stood in the distance.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


The Crescent Club wasn’t the Salty Dog Cafe, Pirahna Pete’s Oyster Pub, the Sneaky Tiki* or any other t-shirt hawking/Jimmy Buffet fantasy restaurant that might be real or something I made up. The place looked more like a nautical themed bar from the 70s, designed for a nostalgic period piece. Except it wasn’t created for a movie, it just was.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Checking Up on "The Chong"

- The Chong, still “closing” as of January 23, 2019.

One last check up of The Chong.

Monday, January 21, 2019

October 2018 - January 2019

I used to publish a monthly collection of photographs that didn't have a place in a larger story or post. Since July 2016, that was my routine. I decided to change things up, though, and just get around to publishing random collections of frames whenever I have some time.

No pressure, no artificial deadline imposed on myself.

So here are some photographs made between October 2018 and January 2019 that didn't have a place in a larger story or post.