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The Old Champion Place

My family always called this property, "the old Champion place." I recently had the opportunity to walk it on a very, very cold day. It was the last day of visiting my family for Christmas and pretty much the only time I had a chance to shoot. And I knew, that if I didn't go that day, I might be giving up an opportunity before major changes were made. The authenticity would be gone... forever.

I had to give up the notion of being cold, even though my hands hurt from the intensity of it. I do enjoy photographing the remains of the past, delving in the memories that push their way forward. But the cold... I could have done without that.

Even so, I love this photograph and the way it directed me to experiment with new ideas, to take a walk on a very cold day and to allow photography to flow in a different sort of way.