During one of my early romps through the small towns of Indiana I came across Covington, Indiana. This town is so small that the town hall is smaller than most Starbucks. However, it’s an example of how much just raw visual goodness you can find in a small town. This photo, taken in April of 2009, stands out for me as one of my all-time favorites. The curtains are a bit washed out but the ivy trailing up the side of the building, almost like a hand grasping at the window, really appeals.
Going more deeply, I think that in many ways this photo represents the potential harmony of man and nature. I take so many pictures in which nature is creeping in on mankind and destroying by persistence what man has worked to hard to construct. This picture doesn’t give me that tension. For now, the two aspects of the photo are in accord. The ivy crawls delicately skyward while the lace and glass act as a boundary between man and nature. Eventually, of course, nature will far outlast mankind but for now…. for now all is well.