Why I Take Photos of Old Things

It never escapes me.  I think about it every day.  There have been so many things that were built, invented and utilized in my lifetime, or at least in my century, that are now obsolete and/or non-existent.  It blows my mind each and every time.

Landscapes change, people move and towns and cities are born and die all the time.  By taking photos we’re capturing a moment in time and capturing something that may be gone as quick as anyone can blink.

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Now maybe this isn’t what most people have in mind when they have fond memories of the past, but I remember when I took this picture.  For me, it was a symbol of how quickly life can change, a theme I’d often dealt with.  By taking this photo I felt like I was somehow preserving its memory.

I drove by this spot today and the pumps are gone.  The old station and the house next door are all boarded up.  It will never be the same as it was, but I can remember it always with this picture.  Maybe I’m crazy to be sentimental about an old gas station, but at one time it was important to someone, probably to a lot of people.  There may even be some fantastic stories attached to this old place.  It certainly had character.   R.I.P.


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