ACME Photo

At the ripe age of 48, I decided that I am both old and selfish enough to buy myself Christmas gifts. My inaugural gift was a Canon SX540 HS point-and-shoot camera, intended to be the heir of the A520. The A520 is still my favorite, but I took so many pictures with it in the mid-aughts that I broke the shutter.

In the past few months, I’ve seldom had the time or favorable light to try the new camera. This morning I took it downtown in hope of capturing some reflections (which is something the low-end Canons seem to do with ease).

ACME Photo has been defunct for about a decade. It is where I made the jump to DSLR photography. So many camera shops in many other cities have also closed between then and now. This morning, I stood outside and reminisced of a time when I stood on the very same sidewalk and dreamed of being able to afford the wares within.

Looking Inside the Crew Caboose

I wish I still had my Canon A520. It was a hot mess of a pocket camera that could take reflection shots that had an aura of unreality that I’ve not been able to approach with any other camera.

Carts

The above photo still stands as one of my favorites 14 years after I took it. I love the light and latent hope within it. Here was a defunct store whose name and wares I cannot remember. It was one of several small retailers who failed in the same space. Back then, you could find closed stores with carts, but now you’ll have a hard time finding a cart in busy stores full of shoppers and merchandise.

As for the location shown above, it is still a dead zone of sorts. How we’ll repurpose fallow commercial real estate is beyond me.

Lost in the Woods

Ohio forest in summer
June at Hermon Woodlands in Allen County, Ohio

If I must get lost in the woods, it is best to have a camera or two in tow. At least I was lost for just a short while.


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