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Road Trip Reprise

Monday, September 5, 2011

Slightly more than two weeks have passed since I returned from my 35 day road trip across Canada and the United States.  I haven't written about the trip or discussed it very much because I wanted/needed some time to digest my experiences before describing them to the world.

Despite my above statement, I did a guest appearance discussing the road trip on the most recent episode (#27: The Road is My Home) of Attention Surplus, a podcast by Eric Portelance and Sean Howard (produced by Eli McIlveen). I requested a month's time before appearing, but they convinced me to be on the show only five days after my return! When listening back to the episode, I hear myself prematurely processing my experiences and giving (what I believe are) incomplete answers to Sean and Eric's questions. We discussed a few key elements of the trip, but many things that I feel were milestones were missed because I wasn't ready to verbalize them. However, I've read and received good feedback about the episode, so I suppose it's best to view it as a preview of what's to come.

Over the course of the next couple of months, I'm going to dig into the heart of the trip; why it happened, how it happened and what it all means. I'll provide a ring side seat into my experiences with the people I met, the places I saw and how it all connects (us) together.

Besides the obvious photography I did on the road trip, I also shot countless segments of video with my DSLR and iPhone 4. I'm hoping to stitch these video clips together to reveal some fun and interesting moments on the trip.

Strap yourselves in, we're going for a ride!


A small sampling of locations I visited.

Dixie Square Mall

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In recent years, there has been a lot of news coming out of Harvey, Illinois about the infamous Dixie Square Mall. The mall, only open from 1966 until 1978, was made famous in the Blues Brothers movie as the backdrop for a car chase scene.

Leading up to the filming of that scene, Dixie Square Mall had been in steady decline. The mall opened to great fanfare and 64 stores, including a Woolworth, Walgreens, Montgomery Ward and JCPenny, in November 1966. By the mid-1970s, crime and poverty in Harvey had a residual effect; the mall was down to 20 stores. The mall underwent renovations in 1976 to try and bring back shoppers, but these efforts failed to be effective.

After the movie sequences were filmed (in the summer of 1979), the mall was completely abandoned and fell into heavy disrepair.


10mm, 1/25 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

By the early 1990s, Dixie Square Mall began to look more and more like the above photo. I shot this photo on day 34 of my road trip across Canada and the United States.

CFB Rivers Star Trails

Sunday, July 24, 2011

CFB Rivers is an abandoned Royal Canadian Air Force military base located northwest of Brandon, Manitoba. The base opened in 1942 during World War II and closed in 1971. It now sits adjacent to a hog farm.


10-22mm, 30 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 100

Percy Lake

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The calm waters of Percy Lake, just west of Kenora, a town in northern Ontario.


10-22mm, 1/320 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

Stealth Exposure

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cars sit idly decaying behind an abandoned industrial building in northern Ontario. This handheld HDR was photographed on day two of my road trip across Canada and the United States.


10-22mm, 1/30 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR (handheld)

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