This place tried. I’m sure it did. Someone thought it would make a good event space and even draped some tulle back there to make…well, I guess they made draped tulle. Anyway, things didn’t work out and now it just sits there, all broken windows and pigeons and faded dreams.
It was only an illusion. (Or, to quote the lettering on the barrel, an “ilusion.”)
In 1992, the town of Plainview stood in for fictitious Rustwater, Kansas, in the Steve Martin movie Leap of Faith; the scenes inside a diner were actually filmed in what is now called Broadway Brews.
Yesterday, I took myself on a little road trip and found myself in Plainview in the very same diner.
1. The water tower still says Rustwater, Kansas.
2. And the brick wall on the alley side of Broadway Brews has a mural that references the movie.
I was on the far side of a parking lot that was across the street from this house, taking this picture, when I spotted the wedding dress hanging on the porch.
I have certain rules that I follow when I shoot, and one of them is that I never want to make a photo that could be construed as making fun of someone living in poverty, or of someone whose sense of decorum is different than my own; that’s why you’ll almost never seen photos of run-down houses that are currently occupied and why you’ll never see photos of people living on the street. I don’t mean to be judgey about people who DO shoot those things – it’s just not my thing.. So, generally, places like this go undocumented with my camera. But, that wedding dress! Over there on the porch, set aside from the other, regular clothes on racks in the yard – I just couldn’t resist.