Why take a photo of this apparently defunct auto parts store? Texture baby!
While walking the streets of Greenwood, Mississippi, I immediately fell in love with this apparently defunct auto parts storefront. In addition to the fascination of it’s fading retro signs and ads, every quadrant of this photograph is rich with textures. And, I’m all about the textures!
This photograph tells a story of abandoned America. It’s about small, main street businesses failing thanks to big box stores and the internet. It’s about the passing of time. It’s a window back to a time when the delta blues singers still walked these sidewalks.
Guitar Slim came from Greenwood. Blues legend Robert Johnson, who allegedly sold his soul at the crossroad, is buried in a cemetery here. BB King played his first live radio broadcast from a radio station here. Actor Morgan Freeman was born here. And being that this is the deep south, some bad things went down here too, but we won’t talk about that.
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