I think most people who come from and live in small towns have a love/hate relationship with that town.
I love my hometown.
It is where I grew up, and where I still live.
There has only been a short amount of time in the past 35 years that I haven't lived in here. For a couple of years I lived in SmallTownville while I worked and went to community college there. And I also lived in the quaint community of AnotherSmallTownville for 6 or so years.
But the remainder of my life has been lived in this good, down-home town..
There have been times I have loathed living here. When I couldn't find a job in town (hence having to move to SmallTownville to work after college), when I went through my divorce in 2010 (not so long ago actually), and when I went through a rough time with an acquaintance that decided to slander my name around my lovely little town.
But for the most part, I love this town. I am glad I get to live here now and that I get to raise my children here.
I have been taking pictures for a few years. I think I have been a Flickr subscriber since 2007, so that makes 8 years. I went through all of the images I have stored there and made two new albums:
The first one is pictures of various places in the south that I have visited over the past eight years. I tried to concentrate on places that were forgotten - urban decay type pictures. Although most of the places I like to visit aren't and never have been urban by any means.
So I should describe them as rural-decay.
The second set is of various places all over the state of Alabama. I really thought I had more images than what I found. I now have a mission -- take more pictures!
As if I needed to define a mission... ;)