For todays post I would like you to think back to when you were a kid and try to remember something that stood out to you. Today, I was close by one of the towns that I grew up in and decided to take a ride down main street. As I rode down the street I remembered asking my dad to ride my bicycle “uptown” to go to the 5 and 10 store for some candy. At the risk of dating myself I can remember when you could get a bunch of candy for a quarter and imagine how much I was able to get with a dollar and our local 5 and 10 had penny candy. I now know that this was one of the few places left that was still selling penny candy. I can remember leaving my bike on the sidewalk, running into the store with my friends and picking our candy. (there once was a time when you could leave you bike on the sidewalk and it would still be there when you came out) Then my friends and I would ride back home with our brown bags filled with candy.
As I rode through the town today I was amazed at how things have changed and, at the same time, how things have stayed the same. The 5 and 10 store, although long ago closed, is still standing. Another place that I remember was the local barber shop. In this case we are talking about Mr. Ugliks. I can remember sitting there in the yellow chairs that lined the walls listening to all the older men talking about, well just about everything. I think Mr. Uglik spent more time talking than cutting, it was an experience that many will never have. To this day I can remember the sound that the razor made when he sharpened it on the leather strap hanging from the chair and the feeling of the shaving cream on my neck. And by-the-way the price for a hair cut was $6 and that included the shave. But the entertainment was free and priceless. I have to mention, just in case someone from the area reads this, the one man that was always there, “The Captain”. If you’ve ever spent any time in Masontown, Pa, I’m positive you ran into “The Captain” at some point.
So I leave you with this, remember the old times, tell the young people about them, for they are gone and if we don’t share our memories how will they live on?
2012 has passed by quickly and 2013 is just a day away. As I look at this blog and think back to when I started it I realize that I haven’t really accomplished what I started out to do with this blog. The Idea was to show you my vision of the world. Sure, I have managed to share a few of the things that I like and places that I visited, but I question if I have truly shown my vision of the world and the answer is “NO”.
So my “New Years Resolution” is to post a minimum of one post per week for the entire year. I will challenge myself to photograph something every week and post it on this blog, hopefully you will find it to be as interesting as I did when I took the photo. I’ve compiled a list of well over 100 ideas for the year and hopefully this will help me to keep up with my goal.
As always, comments are welcome and I’m looking forward to hearing from you throughout the year.
I will also be having a solo photography show in July at Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, Pa and will post information about the show and opening when we get a little closer.
I hope that all of you have had a great year. Have a safe New Years and hopefully 2013 will prove to be a great year for all of you!!
Well it’s been a while since I had a photo assignment. So I think it’s time I start that back up again. Sometimes making yourself an assignment can get the creativity flowing and get you out and about to do a little photography.
So that being said today the assignment will be:
“Fun in the Sun”
Check back later to see what I was able to some up with.
Todays photo assignment is: Photograph Cemetery Art
I know that some will think it a bit strange, but cemeteries have a lot of really neat old statues and tombs. This should be a fun assignment and since I am going with The Westmoreland Photographers Society on a group trip to the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pa. I know that there are plenty of interesting monuments and statues to be photographed in the 300+ acres that makes up the Allegheny Cemetery.