Digital Photography

by Paul Farrier

Monday, March 12, 2007

Smallvilletonburg, Ohio

The concept of capturing typical small town, Ohio and then creating something interesting and hopefully funny is changing. Rather than that, I think it's best to capture the beauty that small towns have to offer, and show it in a real (digitally untouched) way.

So, I will not photograph and show what I intended at the Smallvilletonburg, Ohio blog. Like this historically beautiful but artistically ugly monument in Pleasant Hill will not be shown. It's not that the actual statue is ugly, it's more the way it is presented. The base has these ugly black and white traffic warning stripes because it sets in the middle of an intersection. The base is too small but if it were any bigger, trucks wouldn't be able to get around it. No matter how you look at the statue, it has big utility lines cutting across and distracting from it's view.

The statue has been victim to many pranks. So it's been painted to look like molded plastic rather than bronze or copper, whatever it really is.

Perhaps they should form a new foundation on one of the corners, put a little park around it and give it the respect it deserves.

It was this picture that changed my mind about what Smallvilletonburg, Ohio should be. And this is not it.

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