Lincoln Presidental Museum

September 16th, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois as seen from the Lincoln Museum across the street.

I recently visited the museum, which was also hosting Annie Liebowitz’s “Pilgrimage” exhibit.

Moving clockwise, the museum takes you on a journey through Lincoln’s childhood, early career and ultimately his presidency and death.

The Lincoln exhibits (many of which visitors are not allowed  to photograph) include rare historical documents and life-sized, life-like displays presented in incredible detail.

I’ve lived in Central Illinois for nearly fourteen years. The museum has been open for almost ten. This was my first visit. It’s amazing how easily we can take for granted that which is right in our own backyard.

Of course, like any museum, there are plenty of t-shirts, buttons, books and whatnot all available for sale. The custom Abe Lincoln carpet was pretty cool.

Getting back to Annie Liebowitz, her artistic and communicative prowess are obviously world famous. The exhibit, which paid tribute to her formative inspirational places and people, was very well done. Yet even among powerful photos of Old Faithful, Niagara Falls and Elvis Presley’s bullet hole riddled TV set, the image I found most captivating was a simple rural snow scene from Ohio that looked liked it could have been taken almost anywhere in Illinois. Maybe that’s why.

Perfect Country Evening

September 2nd, 2014

Perfect natural lightning as evening descends over the prairie.

Grass growing wild in the ditch with soybeans turning color in the background.

Swooping, splashing sunset.

Golden Rods and more soybeans.

Almost dark.

Here’s to the Working Man

September 1st, 2014

Work hard, dream big and play to win…Happy Labor Day!

Painted Sunset

August 31st, 2014

Probably the most dynamic range that can be extracted from a 5D Mark III raw file.

Apples

August 28th, 2014

Good enough to eat.

More of the Same

August 19th, 2014

Yet another condemned property.

The Broken Side of Decatur

August 17th, 2014

Every day, Decatur is starting to look more broken and defeated. While I have no hard metrics at hand, my casual observation is that the number of abandoned, boarded up and run down properties is on the rise. Even as the city’s largest employer is enjoying happy financial times again, and the second largest appears to be done hemorrhaging jobs for a while, any tangible signs of recovery are visibly absent in the inner heart of the city.

Under the Bridge

August 13th, 2014

Looking East under the Staley Viaduct.

Salvage yard as seen from the street.

Dove

August 9th, 2014

Birds, of course, can be challenging to photograph. This one was remarkably approachable.

Foggy Monay

August 5th, 2014

Can there ever be enough coffee?