Blue-collar blues in Lo-Rain

The smokestacks aren’t blowing much smoke, if any, lately. While that might be good news for air quality in Lorain, it’s not such good news for steelworkers. On the plus side, there’s plenty of good parking available. Parts of Lorain look like a ghost town, populated by the hulking remains of once-bustling steel plants.

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Morning Journal

It’s not only the steel mills that are feeling the hurt. The Lorain Morning Journal recently made deep cuts in an already-depleted newsroom. Hardly unique to Lorain, but sad just the same.

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Couple of hombres asked if I would put their picture in the paper. Close enough…

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Except for the last three photos posted here, I tweaked the images to give them a sepia-tone look. I initially wanted to do them in black and white, but the sepia was kind of intriguing, suggesting a time long lost. The last three photos are completely unretouched color. The last one, immediately above, has curiously saturated colors. It looks like a painting, don’t you think? The compressed depth of field make the clouds look as if they were painted above the buildings on a canvas. The stacks in some of these images remind me of the album cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals.”

Random stuff

Gulls are a dime a dozen, but this one had some attitude.

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There are times when these filthy birds overrun the beach.

And this is why

And this is why

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So hire a kid to chase ’em off.

Didn't notice the inchworm in lower left corner when I shot this. Bonus!

Didn’t notice the inchworm in lower left corner when I shot this. Bonus!

All that hard work on the beach makes a guy hungry. How about a nice, juicy steak?

All that hard work on the beach makes a guy hungry. How about a nice, juicy steak?