The old colladay hardware store. and my first “almost” photography contest win.

I submitted these with 10 others this Fall to the Rural Kansas Photography Contest which is sponsored by the Rural Health and Education Services department at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Here’s a bit of background.

Sitting down by the railroad tracks east of downtown Hutchinson, Kansas the Colladay hardware building sits empty. Built in the early 1900′s, it’s still a handsome building to look at. When built, the Colladay’s also built a livery stable next door to the north {long since converted into an office bldg.} The warehouse windows, thanks to natural light, show off an almost art deco look. But in reality there is no glass left. They are all, for the most part, filled with plywood. So I hesitated for that very reason as when I initially looked at it, all I could see was reflection. How was wood reflecting light? It took me two days of shooting to capture the look I wanted. I’m a perfectionist, what can I say.

old warehouse just north of the downtown tracks in east hutchinson kansas…..summer…2012…

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