Joplin photos online
03 January 2009
Angela Rose Aquino
A link to a Joplin photo blog that I came across today. Joplin, Missouri, my home town. Photos take by a college student.
revised: Jan. 6th
I meant to say this next part earlier, but will add it now after Clint's observent comment. Thanks.
These photos are not representative of Joplin as a whole; neither are they images you might see in a Chamber of Commerce brochure.
They don't show the beautiful historic homes, tree-lined boulevards, the thriving parts of town or the newly built medical complexes, shopping centers or fancy neighborhoods.
I really like the theme of these photos.
I like them because the detailed views of some dilapidated downtown areas contrast interestingly with the shot of the simple and beautiful natural surroundings. They contrast, but the shots elicit similar responses from me: appreciation and familiarity.
Appreciation for the quirky parts of town...quirky like a location for a David Lynch movie. Some of the photos show places I went with friends; places we didn't think our parents knew about or at least would ever go... (not Union Station though) I never went there. The 'Chat Piles' on the edge of town could be a magical landscape on a moonlit night in the summer, the white chat from the mines reflecting the moonlight like snow.
The photos also capture some of the clear low light of winter days and the fall leaves on the tracks, and the sculptural quality of the trees after the dangerous but beautiful ice storms.