Last month, I met local food blogger Benson for a tour of his old stomping grounds, an Indianapolis neighborhood called Brightwood. Our outing didn’t provide us with too many doors, but it was interesting. I suppose it was nostalgic for him and I really enjoyed his perspective, with personal details. We were there midday when the sun was high, so we had peculiar light. Thanks to Cee I’ve recently learned this not an ideal time to take photos outdoors. Unless you’re doin artsy sorta stuff…Mother Nature’s own filters can be pretty.
Benson took me to Brightwood’s former main street.
Photo from: Historic Indianapolis
It doesn’t look like that now. I wish I’d taken a long shot like this, as a before and after, but regret is a waste of our time. Pay attention to the bank there on the left side of the old photo, we’ll come back to that.
There were some noteworthy doors.
I think we can agree from the photos, security takes priority in Brightwood these days.
The neighborhood is full of litter, very few homes are cared for, many are boarded up. The one good thing you can say about it is what Benson said, “The streets are clear and that means people are at work.”
A man of many years nodded to us from his porch.
We encountered a woman in her nineties, out tending her patch of yard. I reckon she’s a good neighbor because she asked us what we were doing. She said she’s lived there since the late 60’s and watched the neighborhood fall into ruin. She said, “It breaks your heart, but what can you do?” Y’all, she was dressed head-to-toe in layers of purple and I could’ve listened to her all day.
There’s a big church with a grand entrance.
And in old places, there’s a lot more variety in texture.
Old homes, especially those made of wood, are always appealing to me. There’s life in old wood.
But I kinda fell in love with that old bank building from the black and white photograph.
Ain’t she sweet?
I discovered a squirrel in the tree, and you know how I do, I hadda commune and snap. Don’t look too closely, it might make you dizzy.
Anyway, it was a great DoorScursion, and we finished it with some tasty food. I could regret that I didn’t photograph my food, but I was too busy eating it to care! I had fried okra, mac n’cheese, greens, and peach Faygo. I might write about that some other time.
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