old flowers, old film, old money

old flowers, old film, old money


As a person who has lived in many towns, in many states; always in the public eye, I’ve had to devise a plan for quick simulation. One of the tools I’ve made use of in this process is a city’s oldest cemetery. I have found a correlation between the surnames on the grandest monuments in a city’s oldest cemetery and the signs in front of the law offices, doctor’s offices and other businesses.

My last two images, bLoOm and oN tHE squARe are connected to this image. All three images were shot with old film, none of them were cropped and only a minuscule tweak was made in Photoshop.

The quote used with bLoOm is ironic because “she” is no longer there when the flowers come to comfort her. “She” is in the cemetery and the house was abandoned when I captured the photograph. The photograph posted oN tHE squARe would still look the same today except the cafe is closed. The flowers surrounding the house are within walking distance of the cafe.

Purchasing this home was cost prohibitive for many people for several years for a variety of reasons, but one of the major factors is that it had no central heat and cooling system. This image shows a coal chute, where in times past, a delivery of coal was made and someone would shovel the coal directly into the basement. A coal furnace would heat the home with what is commonly called “gravity heat”; meaning there was no duct work, but heat would rise from the basement through large vents cut in the basement ceiling connecting to the main floor.

However, Arkansas is a warmly, tropical climate and so cooling a house is a priority and requires duct work and a central cooling system, which brings me to the old money. The purchase price of the house was very low, but to bring the house up to state code and back to a comfortable living condition was much more than the purchase price. So, it was zoned commercial and purchased by a group of attorneys with the same surnames graven on some of the grandest monuments in the city’s oldest cemetery.

I don’t normally share so much background about my photographs so I’ve broken my own rules for living:

  1. Don’t tell everything you know




a penny for your thoughts?

Michael Rawlukreply
March 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Around here, if you want to know the oldest european family names you just have to look at the street signs. It is strange, however, that the signs do not include the names of first nations families.

Elizabeth Buckalewreply
March 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Well, I- for one, am thankful you’ve broken this rule – if only just this once! I very much enjoyed this story, and appreciate you sharing it with us! It’s nice to know more about these photos.

denny jumpreply
March 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Love this one 😉

March 8, 2018 at 7:45 pm

I believe it is a correct usage of “ironic” to note the word MAJESTIC on a lowly rusty coal chute.

March 8, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Une vision pessimiste, c’est le moins que l’on puisse dire.
Mais non… tout n’est pas si vieux, la verdure prouve le contraire, il me semble.

March 9, 2018 at 12:18 am

WOW. That IS a story, Sherri, and is one of the reasons why I love old cemeteries…around the world. You learn so much about a people and their culture from such places.

March 9, 2018 at 12:25 am

Magnifique cette fenêtre et merci pour tes explications attrayantes. )

March 9, 2018 at 12:56 am

Please break your 1st rule again sometimes – this made very interesting reading, sherri

Michael Skorulskireply
March 9, 2018 at 1:40 am

A wonderful story and an image full of texture and color to illustrate it. thanks for sharing.

March 9, 2018 at 2:52 am

A nice and clear detail photo.

March 9, 2018 at 3:33 am

The ‘ravages of time’ do not spare anyone and anything. I, too, like visiting graveyards whenever I travel because they tell so much about the history and way of life – and death – of a place.
Again, a very poignant reminder of what you so eloquently say in your informative text in this image!

Martine Liboutonreply
March 9, 2018 at 4:20 am

Merci pour toutes tes explications!!! une photo d’un vécu !

March 9, 2018 at 4:55 am

Interesting back story. I’m glad you broke your own rule, after all that’s what they are made for 🙂

March 9, 2018 at 5:32 am

I enjoyed your background and photographies !

March 9, 2018 at 5:54 am

Impressionnant et tout beau à la fois, superbe! Bise, bon vendredi tout doux et dans la joie!

March 9, 2018 at 7:23 am

it was a very interesting story, I would be interested in more 🙂 more everythings

Will Williamsreply
March 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

It’s funny how things go around in circles. I’m loving seeing this old film too btw.

Otto von Münchowreply
March 9, 2018 at 7:49 am

I believe in breaking rules. 🙂 I like your thoughts about the correlation between surnames on the grandest monuments. Interesting observation. And I like you Majestic photo captured with old film. Has that feeling of time gone by – in many ways.

marjolein van de fotokraamreply
March 9, 2018 at 8:19 am

Majestic image ;-0

March 9, 2018 at 8:37 am

What’s rule 2? 😉 Excellent photo of the coal chute. The place I grew up had a coal furnace that required deliveries and feeding the furnace, removing clinkers, etc. Later, an auto feeder was added so, you only had to fill the hopper on it.

March 9, 2018 at 10:17 am
– In reply to: Steve

“clinkers”, you call them

you jogged my memory on that one
they are called “slag”, the great imitators of coal
slag looks just like coal, but will not burn

thanks for the reminder !

March 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

Well, rules need to be bent. 🙂
(In my travels, always, I visit cemeteries and markets too.)
Thanks for your explanation. !

B. thomasreply
March 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

A majestic shot. 😉 I love old cemeteries also. There are so many stories on the stones, and so many mysteries. My blog is full of cemetery photos. I can hardly pass one by on a road trip, and sometimes they are the destination.

March 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

I love shooting (expired) film too,
Great series.

March 9, 2018 at 11:53 am

I enjoy your connections to your photos. I like the substance captured here.

Bill Phillipsreply
March 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

This is a very well created picture Sherri

Elaine Hancockreply
March 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Such an interesting story. Around here, it is the street names that connect you to the oldest families. This is such an interesting image. I don’t think that I have ever seen a coal chute. I know that they exist but have just never seen one.

March 10, 2018 at 10:06 am

Service output? 🙂
I imagine it is no longer in use considered abandonment.

March 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm

interesting story. I haven’t shot film in so long — years. When we downsized, I found one roll of unused film. I hung on to it for some strange reason — it’s years out of date.

March 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Génial une magestique iamge quelle eptitefenêtre quel charmant nom superbe

March 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm

How ironic that I was reminiscing about the home I grew up in that had a defunct coal chute, but the name Majestic came to mind and googled it and sure enough, there were a whole bunch of photos of these coal chutes. Ours was black and windowless.

leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.