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December 12, 2012

A tank in the graveyard

I knew the grounds contained a military section, but it isn’t visible from the road. Having been past here probably a thousand times but never inside I wondered if the graveyard might contain an old tree or some cool viewpoint of the tombstones. I went inside to ask if they allowed photographers to shoot, but I posed the question to the staff in a manner that they’d think I was scouting the place as a burial site. I didn’t want them following me around wondering what I was up to. It’s not much fun to be watched as you’re trying to find a shot.

I came around a corner and there was this massive tank, and I think it’s real. It felt so out of place in this walled-off spot, but you want to climb on it even after you take in the fact that you’re in a graveyard and it’s a solemn place. Maybe that’s the boy in me. Moments after shooting the tank a military memorial got started on the other side of the wall. A couple of people milling about invited me to take photos along with the newspaper photographers there. I got one really poignant one of the soldier’s wife crying and her friends consoling her, but I have nothing to do with it now. I don’t feel right posting it on the blog, and I don’t think I’ll look them up and share a momento from their sad day. It doesn’t make sense. So, now I have this very meaningful photo that nobody will ever see.

It started to snow during the service, big fat flakes. I remember a woman I thought was the soldier’s mother thanking me for stopping by. She was very nice. They started blaring some country music with lyrics about being an American. I went back and stood under the tank’s gun for a while with snow spinning around me.
A tank in the graveyard
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May 10, 2012

Arlington Heights Self Portrait

This is the tiny Harmony Park in Arlington Heights as it appeared at blue hour in October of 2011. You can see some of the trees are just starting to turn while others have dropped their leaves completely. If you look closely, you can see why I call this a “self portrait.” I appear in the image, which is a reflection of my growing up years in Arlington Heights – warm and almost entirely positive memories. The village does a great job of decorating downtown for the holidays, but I believe these trees in Harmony Park remain lit year round. This photo hangs at Village Hall in Arlington Heights at 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Feel free to visit if you’re in town. Arlington Heights | Self Portrait
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