Old Jones Store: About an hour from my home I found this wonderful old store on a country road during
a road construtction detour. Full of charatcer and nostalgia, it was begging to be photographed.
It looked great from many angles (which I shot of course) but, I really liked this straight forward view of the front porch.
There are so many strong lines and shapes: the red rectangles around the windows and doors intersecting with other
lines in the porch, the matching red and white paint on the store and the old gas pumps...
It's full of geometry and great detail, right down to the crack in the middle of the steps and the single bare light bulb over
the door. I carefully framed this image to avoid some chaotic lines to the left and sun flare to the right.
Another plus: I had a great chat with the current owner who was more than happy to tell me the history
of the store, the Jones family, and the history of the area back to the Revolutionary War - good stuff! This is
the second store the family built. The original store (1875) was across the street and moved beside the current
location in 1914 after a "land dispute" within the family. After a devistating robbery in 1926, Will Jones built
the current store where he and his family lived upstairs for decades. He passed away in 1940. His wife continued
to run the store until the 1970's. Three generations of the Jones family ran the store for a century.