Category Archives: Black and White

More Fuji x100s Black and White photos in the Delta

Black and white mail boxes, one with bullet hole
I guess this old mailbox needed some ventilation. Loved the shapes
Crossroads near the Dockery Plantation
This is one of the crossroads that may have inspired Robert Johnson’s song about selling his soul to the devil to learn to play music. This one is near the Dockery Plantation. There are at least 4 crossroads that have this story attached. The intersection of 49 and 61 near Clarksdale Mississippi was not in existence at the time Johnson was alive. Some folks ignore that fact when they say that was the one.
Robert Johnson's headstone
Some text RJ wrote before he died
Robert Johnson's headstone with mementoes
Some folks visited Robert Johnson’s grave and left their respects.
Church from the movie "the Help"
This is the church used in the movie “the Help”

I lost an old friend in the Delta

My buddy Lowry and I have been photographing this old church near Nita Yuma Mississippi in the Delta for a while. The church was the Methodist Episcopal Church and it was built in 1878. This last trip down was a few weeks after gravity and time took their final toll. It’s stupid to be emotional about a place long abandoned I suppose, but, there you go. I suppose I like taking photos of old places because they have character and have stood the test of time. When I see these old places, I imagine the excitement that was in the community as they were being built and readied for occupancy, then the joy as they finally opened. I wonder what happened to the folks that used to come every Sunday and then started petering out. How the last minister felt as he gave the last service there, closed the door and walked away.

While we were there, Lowry and I talked about how it was like losing an older relative. We knew it was coming, but, it’s hard to see and have happen. There’s a true sense of loss for me and this old place… In some ways, these old buildings are a metaphor for my own place in the world. I’ve still got a lot of years (I hope!) but some days I wonder about the state I’m in! LOL

Remains of an old church after it fell down in Mississippi

Abandoned church that succumbed to time and fell down recently
The church finally fell

 

Black and White in the Delta with my Fuji x100s

I did all these photos with my new(ish) Fuji x100s camera down in the Mississippi Delta hanging out with some great photo friends. Some folks feel limited by having a single focal length. It’s not holding me back though.

 

Mid 20s brick town hall and reflection in the puddle. Mississippi
Town hall with Reflections in a puddle in front of it
Siding and wires on abandoned building
Take a guess why I liked this scene
Shadows and shapes at an old barbershop that's been boarded up
Shadow Play and Barbershop
Wicker Chair and Tree by a park
Set a spell
Building in Downtown Clarksdale Mississippi
I liked all the rectangles