When you look around the Putnam Historic District in Zanesville, Ohio, you can see history in different stages. From the beginning of the state, to present.
This tire store is an odd duck in the area, but you can see recent history here. This was probably a good business at one time. It would have been the tire specialty types of stores of the 80’s and 90’s. They replaced the gas stations where tires were replaced before this.
Color preferences in small town America. Red, white, or blue.
This scene caught my eye when I noticed the trim of the houses matched the pickup trucks out front. It was taken in Murray City, Ohio, a nice little town with a great American Legion that’s well worth a visit.
The streets will always surprise you if you pay attention. This lady was wearing these oversized red tennis shoes with a skimpy dress in the cold morning after Thanksgiving.
She danced wildly and blindly with a sweater covering her eyes. It was the strangest scene.
What made it stranger was another crazy sight of red shoes a while back. I posted about this guy in red boots reading the 10 commandments.
One thing I will always credit photography is it’s ability to bring these strange things together in a way that makes sense. There is a pattern to how weird things occur, even if it’s unexplainable. This is reality and it’s stranger than the fiction on your TV. Get out there and see it.
A few of the crazy things I noticed in this scene are –
The red boots. That’s what drew my eye to the scene before I shot it.
The pajama bottoms in with the dress coat and baseball hat.
The sports gloved hand holding a flower stem.
The Illuminati all-seeing eye over the 10 commandments. Explainable, but weird.
It just leaves me to wonder what this guy was thinking.
Normally, I won’t post photos of the people that obviously have problems that pass by my office. I work in between a homeless shelter, law offices, probation program centers, the Courthouse, drug treatment centers, and churches offering programs. I see a lot of crazy things from people that are struggling with life.
I get criticized for photographing much of the craziness I see. I don’t care. I photograph everything I find interesting, but I I use great care in what I show the world. I won’t exploit a person that may not be able to control how they appear to the world. If I think that they cannot control how they appear to the world due to circumstances out of their full control, I don’t post it.
In some cases like this one though, it all comes together and a little slice of craziness that can be used without harming anyone happens. It’s incredible isn’t it? All of these things that make no sense just coming together like this.
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