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February 25

Boarded up church, somewhere along Main Street
Hale Center, Texas

photographed 2.23.2012

February 24

Dear Residents of Hale Center,

Yes. That was me you saw on Thursday afternoon, driving around downtown. I wasn’t there to case the joint, or to make fun of your quaint Texan customs. I wasn’t looking for a bathroom, or a liquor store.

I was there to take pictures. You probably don’t know this about me, but I am exceedingly fond of taking pictures of old buildings. I recognize the sadness inherent in their demise – and what it means for the future of Hale Center, or Earth, or Littlefield, and all the rest of our towns. But there’s just something I love about capturing a moment, just one moment, of their decline.

And so, yesterday, when I was in your town, I saw the way the light slanted down across that brick wall. And I thought it was lovely. And I drove around the block, just so I could take its picture.

I hope you like it.

Sincerely,
the photographer

Hale Center, Texas

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