January 06, 2012

A Walk Around Wichita

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During a quick visit to Wichita, I made some time to walk around and take some photos. It was a quiet visit where I spend much of the time by myself. That offered me the opportunity to randomly pull over and take pictures of things I normally wouldn’t have encountered. My first stop was at a motel off to the side of US-54 which has a huge sign of a cowboy that can be seen from far away. I didn’t get a great image of the sign, but the neon red lighting was its own kind of beautiful kitsch.

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The next morning I stopped by the intersection of US-54 and West Street which includes an area past its prime. This area has been through many different incarnations over the years. The Wichita Ballroom, now looking abandoned put up these metal palm trees along the highway. It’s definitely attention grabbing in the middle of Kansas.

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The Wichita Ballroom is painted in primary colors. Not terribly attractive, but my photographer’s eye was pulled in.

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More and more areas of downtown Wichita seem to be abandoned these days. I had been meaning to take pictures o this parking garage for years. The design is full of retro character, but unfortunately does not seem to get any use these days.

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The side of the garage.

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The wonderful spirals at the rear of the garage. Always eye catching.

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At a truck stop on the way back up to Lawrence. I had to stop and get a shot of these colors and lines.

I’m hoping to make more trips down to Wichita soon. There’s a lot of character and interesting areas that are worth photographing. I’m hoping I’ll get some time to get back to some street photography soon, as well. I feel like I’m getting a bit rusty.

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