Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
Nice work, Tom.. I like the HDR feel of these. Tastefully not over cooked.
Thanks, Tod. Mainly I do a little contrast adjusting and tone mapping but try to keep it fairly natural. I'ver since gone back and reworked most of them in black and white, which I really prefer.
Love the pic of the piano, Tom! I may be wanting a print of it sometime but I will get back to you. Way We Learned project was fun at school. Were you called in to be a judge?
Thanks, Haden. Yes, I was called in for a judge in the Way We Learned. Great fun—lots of creativity there.
Ah - it sounds like there was a "take-off" from The Way We Worked project. Now that I think about it, a multitude of spin-offs would be possible, including some pretty funny ones. Still, there are so many ways of learning - I think that probably was great.The photos of this school make me sad. I can't believe the piano - at one time, that must have been quite the happening place. I'm glad there's a faint move to preserve some of these schools. The one here in my town has been restored - groups of kids come and spend a day being taught as they would have been in the late 1800s. I still haven't written about Fox School. I have some photos I really like - need to do that. I was lucky enough to come along on the last day it was open for the season, so I got to see the inside.
Linda—I haven't found much information about the Osborne school but because it had a big basement I believe it also served as a community center. It must have indeed been a happening place.Unfortunately for most of these rural schools, there has been no effort to preserve them, and the few that are remaining are in such bad shape that they can't be saved. It's just a matter of trying to get a few photos for documentation before time and the elements bring them down.
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