I live in the Midwest, right dead center in the heart of it, in a small town in Southern Illinois. I have friends that have moved to other countries and big cities and states that are far more popular to live in. The area that I live in is as far south from Chicago as you can possibly get and still be in the same state. It’s economically depressed. It’s a place that people talk about “getting away from”.
I’m not one of those people. I am in love with and will always be in love with the beauty of the area. Illinois is a plains state, however the area that I live in butts up against Missouri and is rife with state parks, forests, lakes, ravines, swampy areas, and cliffs. We live in the most beautiful part of Illinois, in my opinion. We have extreme weather in winter (cold as a witch’s teet) and summer (burn yer feet off heat) and the most gorgeous springs and autumns that you could possibly imagine.
Part of what I want to do with my photosets, when I can talk some pal of mine into donning vintage clothing and posing in public, is to show off the beauty of my area, my favorite spots, and the local businesses. Here are a few of my favorite shots of my friend and model in the streets of my current hometown.
This funky little gate is just around the corner from The Practice pad, a great little music shop that offers a variety of instruments and music lessons.
Our initial destination for the shoot was down the street from this area, just outside of a local salon Hair Brains, but I had to stop and get a picture of Megan next to this quirky little tree.
I love that there are so many gorgeous little details on every street in my town. I love the trees, the cobblestone streets here and there, the old brick buildings, the fences – okay, I love most all of it. I hope you enjoy my Midwestern love affair as much as I do! I’ll try to share a little about each place that I take pictures so that you can enjoy Southern Illinois’ beauty.