Gone – When I go back to my small town, I feel that the town that I see is not the town that I remember. That town is gone. Businesses are gone, retail stores are gone, drug stores are gone. “Out of sight, out of mind,” may be true. Deceptively powerful is the impact of place on our memories and once the places are gone, what happens to the memory? Once you are gone, does the memory then die? Or does it live on through others? “Gone” is a pretty powerful term in that it suggests “no more.” I could have made the choice through my photographs to match photos of buildings the “way they used to be” with “they way they are today.” But that would be too easy. Instead, I have climbed into the deeper abyss that challenges us all to keep our memories alive through the people we love today. My images confront the reality of that potential loss of memory of things we hold most dear. It is up to us to show and talk about those memories for them to continue on after we are gone.
Here are images of the building along with the old and faded sign that would slowly turn during the day in the place that once was Mehling's Drug store. A knick-nack store has occupied this space for many years. From cheeseburgers and conversation to cheap figurines --- go figure.