Midway Stop

June 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

            After  a long grueling day of photography adventures in Detroit, Michigan with two Olympus Trailblazers,... That's sarcasm, folks!! Opportunities to photograph graffiti, abandoned structures, downtown attractions, city improvements, street activities, city-scapes from the top of parking structures, the mystery horn-blowing ship in the river, and the day-to-day life in the huge city of Detroit is far from grueling! Add in two professional photographers to instruct, guide, and offer their perspectives, and you get an outstanding day. I don't recall how long I was there, but I arrived when it was just starting to get light and returned home in the mid to late afternoon. 

           

            The picture above was a spontaneous stop along the way home. I had carpooled with a friend, Jamie MacDonald (one of the Olympus Trailblazers), so I had to be there somewhat early and left when all was said and done. As we approached this area, we decided to exit at the next off ramp and go shoot this oddity along the highway. Located across the street from the Whitetail Museum and Calderone Farms Golf Course, this one-room school house sits on a little spit of land bordering a farmed field.

 

            With the constant bombardment of news relating to ticks, and the fact that this property was not mowed, walking to the schoolhouse was something we both considered not doing. We were both in shorts and we knew that one of us would end up walking away with a lime-disease carrying bug. We shot from the edge of the grass for a while until I decided to throw caution unto the wind. I approached the building and photographed around it, but the one shot I liked the most was this one: Low to the ground, shooting over the tall grass, capturing the attitude of the sky and the loneliness of a structure that once educated our youth. It now sits vacant, as a semi-filled shed that has been forgotten.


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