Where do these stairs go?

Hillsboro, Ohio used to have a pretty good sized stockyard and lumber yard in one city block, not far from downtown. Nothing like what Fort Worth or OKC might have, but still, for a small town in Southern Ohio, it was good sized. We still have two stockyards, one on the west side of town, the other on the north side, but the one in downtown is gone.

Sometime in the 2000’s, the stockyards and the lumber yard burned to the ground. I don’t think we ever figured out why, but being in small town America, as you can imagine, the rumors flew.

Regardless, there’s little left. In fact, a Dollar General was built on part of the land. There are, however, these concrete stairs.

They used to go into the offices of, oddly enough, a travel agency renting office space from the stock yards. Now these stairs are really all that’s left. And, if you’re clever (like I can be… Sometimes, anyway) they can make an interesting photograph. Or become the defacto setting for many local senior high school pictures.

Shot on a Nikon F4, with a Nikkor 35-70mm lens at something something aperture, something something some hundredths of a second, with Kodak Tri-X 400 film and a yellow #2 filter.

Go. Find. Photograph.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH


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