The empty streets of downtown Decorah reminded me of an old movie set. When I’ve traveled outside of the west, the difference is noticeable particularly on the weekends. Almost everyone literally has the weekend off whereas in the west it seems like a non-stop commercial machine. Even when I was in a big city like Fort Worth, Texas, the shopping mall downtown was closed on Sunday.
In many ways I think that’s great. That’s the best time to go out shooting photos of these places. The people of the midwest probably have more time to spend valuing the important things in life like family and friends. At least when I lived in Kentucky, that was the most noticeable difference to me. People were friendly, took their time while talking and legitimately wanted to talk to you.
See more of my midwest pictures.