“About Town(s)” | A Photographic Project

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a host of great travel and photography bloggers in your “must read” list. They go to grand locales, write about iconic places and seem to live “the good life” traveling and being paid for the privilege!

And, (if you’re anything like me)… you read them… “ooo!-and-ahhhh!” them… leave your kudos in the comments section and move on, feeling as if you’ve actually “been there and done that” .

Yes, indeed! The bloggers I follow are THAT good!

But my life is not like that. I don’t have the opportunity to travel to the locales of my dreams, photograph the iconic sites that so many of my contemporaries are able to so expertly capture. What’s a girl to do? Sit and feel sorry for myself?

(Well, yeah… maybe for a few minutes. I’m human, after all!)

But, no.

You see, there is a “naturally curious” side to my personality.

(Some call it nosiness, but I digress ๐Ÿ™‚ ย )

In addition to that; I love people. I have always loved to sit with someone and hear “their story” and to learn the history behind a particularly interesting site.

I believe in growing where you are planted and making the most of every experience, no matter how seemingly innocuous or small it seems.

Toward that end, I’ve begun a personal odyssey of sorts… a photographic project… and I’m calling it “About Town(s)”. It’s a new feature segment on my Love-N-Life Studios website.

When Life has me moving from town-to-town, I’m going to start sharing my experience and knowledge of it with my friends here in the cyber-world. (Because I CAN’T be the ONLY one who is curious about these little places!? Can I?)

Regretfully, this project opportunity didn’t fully present itself to me when I was in possession of a decent DSLR. Some of the photos from the first “Feature Town” (Delmar, Delaware), will not be all that great, but I don’t want that to deter you from reading more and I don’t want it to detract from the unique specialty of the town itself.

Onward we go: Delmar, Delaware… ”

“The Little Town Too Big for One State”

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Highball Signal is a historic railroad signal located at Delmar, Sussex County, Delaware. It is a white sphere mounted on a pole and located next to the railroad tracks to signal permission for a train to proceed at full speed, if the ball was at the top of the pole.
ย It was originally in service at New Castle, Delaware, and then at Hurlock, Maryland. The highball signal was moved to Delmar, Delaware for display during the town’s centennial in 1959, and is no longer used to direct railroad traffic, but is maintained as a public exhibition in a park near the railroad.

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Aside from the great reflection in this shot… it is a favorite in my collection of “About Town” shots of Delmar, Delaware.
Again, the Victorian architectural details are fascinating…but the thrift shop selection is pretty nice, too. You never know what you’re gonna find…

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While I have no idea what this, now decrepit, building USED to be… I love it “as-is”. I’ve featured it twice in two different photo-walks. It sits on the corner of the tiny little center of town area…and Nature has reclaimed most of it.
(I’ll hunt through my archives for more of this building and post later…)
Before I left the town a few months ago, someone had begun restoring parts of it….but I always imagined buying it and making it one HECK of a studio and living space!

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Generally speaking, “Lens Flare” is an unsavory element in photography…but I kept it in this shot deliberately… and even enhanced it a bit!
I love Churches (and their accompanying graveyards…and their steeples, especially…but I digress!) and have taken many photo-walks of various towns with the sole purpose of documenting the churches alone.
The sun was “just so” on this occasion, and from my vantage point… I felt small but protected…and definitely not alone.

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The Town of Delmar was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1892 and again in 1901. The first fire destroyed everything in its path over a ten-acre area and the second major fire was almost as destructive. In each instance, the Town of Delmar was rebuilt and continued as a flourishing town.
There are many of these little stars attached to some of the older buildings throughout Delmar.
This one has shifted, revealing tell-tale hints that, perhaps, it is a survivor of the fires.

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At first, it was the colorful door trim that caught my eye on this building (which apparently used to be a little store of some sort, but now seems to be used mostly for storage…and target practice for area kids with nothing better to do!)

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…but then I HAVE to get a closer look at the tattered window coverings inside.
I have no idea what they’re made of. Sometimes it looks like dirty old cotton.. maybe coated with tobacco from lots of patrons smoking inside over the years…
and sometimes, it looks like it could be hide!

Delmar, Delaware has attracted a lot of national chains to its border with U.S. Route 13, but travelers will find some interesting sites by taking a small, 2 mile jaunt west.

(not to mention some delicious Pizza and a fantastic “all-you-can-eat” seafood supper… family-style!)

Watch the blog for updates to this focus town… coming soon … and for more towns, too!

And if you happen to LIVE in any of these little towns I’ll be featuring, why not share some of your “story” or experience with it, in the comment section below!?

Be on the look-out… you never know when you might spot me… spotlighting YOU! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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About tilde531

Intimate, Boudoir and Lifestyle Photographer / Business owner/photographer for Love-N-Life Studio
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7 Responses to “About Town(s)” | A Photographic Project

  1. munchow says:

    I totally agree with. We all have to make the best out of what is at hands at any given moment. Going to new, spectacular places doesn’t really enrich life or make you take any better photos if your heart isn’t with you. And the heart you can just as well follow at home or any place else. I know I have been lucky enough to go to places – but it’s also made me realize that the grass always seems greener on the other side, and very often isn’t really. I think you project โ€œAbout Town(s)โ€ is great – as is these images from Delmar. Keep doing it!

  2. Great example of how much we miss when we walk around with our eyes closed. Excellent photographs from a quaint city!

  3. David Pollitt says:

    Thanks for showing interest in the town. I grew up in this town as a child of the 60’s and 70’s. The photo of the now Thrift shop was once the Delmar 5 & 10 store in the 60’s & early 70’s. The brick building on the corner of E State Street & N Pennsylvania Ave is the former Dukes Jeweler’s. They occupied this corner for many many years. The star that you have pictured is one of many that that lined the buildings along the block. The bottom two photo’s is the former office of Dr. Earnest Larmore, a longtime country physician who retired from practicing in the 80’s. He shared this building with the New Century Club I believe who ran a thrift shop for many years as a means of supplementing the club. As a footnote, there used to be music piped through speakers on opposite ends of the block that played through the week during daylight hours. This practice ended some time in the early 70’s.

    • tilde531 says:

      Mr. Pollitt,
      Thank you VERY much for those fascinating insights! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      I regret that I didn’t have a lot of time in the town for researching specific histories when snapping the photos that time around.
      My project is on-going, however, and my intention is to return more than a few times to add material as I go, to both the photos and the written history of the featured selections.
      There are other towns to be featured which I’m working on now as well.

      It’s been my LONG-held belief that small towns like Delmar, Delaware (and others I’m covering in my one-gal crusade) should never be permitted to waste away to oblivion. I believe that there should be cooperation between business owners (both in-town AND along the major thorough-fares) to keep these towns vibrant and the rich history of the folks who live there, alive and flourishing.
      It’s toward that end that I’m featuring the “mundane” and not so much the bits that have already been published in newspapers, etc.

      I came from a small town in Kent County, Delaware… Camden, Delaware… and although I never contributed much to the town back then (having left the area immediately) I was always very proud of it.
      It occurs to me that no matter WHAT town a person is from… there should always linger, that sense of pride.

      I really appreciate your comments very much, sir.
      Thank you!

      (and perhaps, when I come back, I can ask you more about some of the places/scenes I feature then, too?)

  4. Donya Smith says:

    I have lived in Delmar for over six years now and the only picture I recognize is the Church. That’s pretty pathetic. Thanks for taking these. It’s going to get me to actually pay closer attention to what’s around me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tilde531 says:

      You scared me for a moment, Donya! *blush*
      I’ve others to add to this series… but still probably not what you were expecting. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really happy that these inspired you to take another look around your surroundings, though!
      Happy exploring!

  5. joshi daniel says:

    very interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

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