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Downtown | Richards, TX

Just after taking this photo, the wonderful woman who owns these buildings walked out, introduced herself, and gave me a fascinating tour. The building on the far left was once a doctor's office, owned and operated by the woman's grandfather in the early 19th century. During the Jim Crow era, the grandfather treated white and black patients alike, though a partition running through the building's interior divided the waiting room into a black section and a white. The tallest building was a pharmacy, and the building right of that was a cafe that doubled as a movie theater. As a young girl, the woman's mother played the organ as accompaniment to the silent films that would play in that theater. For me, this was a quite enjoyable look into the history of a fascinating family.

  • scotthorvath 3y

    Nice shot. So I see you used both hipstamatic and snapseed...and phototoaster? Would you be willing to share which filters in each you used? I love this look.
  • Chris Harland PRO 3y

    Really like the vibe you've got going, the tones, the clarity, that sort of faded Americana is really effective and engaging. I also like that you include some rural shots too. Am enjoying every shot you post. Just wanted you to know.
  • Chris Harland PRO 3y

    I also meant to say how much this reminded me of the film 'the last picture show'!
  • Cecily Mariece Caceu PRO 3y

    Very lovely image and fantastic processing!!!
  • Trevor PRO 3y

    scotthorvath Thank you, Scott. I would love to share my process, though I'm not sure how helpful my information will be. I am not a photographer and have absolutely zero photography training to draw from. Indeed, I really have no idea what I am doing most of the time and work primarily based on my feel for the image and what I would like it to express. This involves a lot of trying out different combinations of filters, scrapping things I don't like, tweaking things I do, sometimes scrapping everything and starting over anew, etc... I can say that after shooting in Hipstamatic (John S lens w/ Blanko Noir film in this case), I typically use Filterstorm to sharpen the photo and selectively tweak the brightness/contrast with an eye towards enhancing clarity. What I do after that varies widely, though I can say that in this photo I used Snapseed's drama filter (#1) and central focus (lens blur). I then used Phototoaster to slightly increase the color temperature and saturation and to add a very small amount of texture. There were probably a couple of other steps (I honestly can't remember), but that was the basic process in this case. I hope that helps, or at least that it was not too laborious to read.

    Chris Harland Thank you for the kind words and encouragement, Chris. I feel a very strong connection with the rugged Texas landscape and countless small towns scattered across it, and I am very happy that some of my fondness for the subject has come across in my recent work. For me, places like Richards are quite magical--tired and faded to be sure, but also proud bearers of the intrepidity and charm of a bygone era. And yes, I agree: there's definitely a "The Last Picture Show" feel to this one!

    Cecily Mariece Caceu Thank you, Cecily!
  • Chris Harland PRO 3y

    Great words TNT, as someone once said, it's not where you're from, it's where you're at.
  • Stephanie Roberts 3y

    I love this, Trevor. One could almost mistake it for a miniature model of the old strip. It is a wonderful faded vestige of America's yesteryears. My folks come from small towns in Alabama and I share the same nostalgic fondness for the places that still offer a peek at the remnants of what used to be--they are so different from what is now. I really appreciate your relating your feelings about these places through your images, especially when you add the story to bring it a lovely substance. I'm eager to see where your travels take us next.
  • Janine Graf PRO 3y

    Such interesting history behind this image! Really love this capture a lot!
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Taken on February 13, 2012
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