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Photographic road trip to capture Drive-in Movie Theaters before the cost of digital conversion darkens their screens forever.
Photographic road trip to capture Drive-in Movie Theaters before the cost of digital conversion darkens their screens forever.
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Texas (and one New Mexico)

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The Quest Continues

It's been busy. Kansas and Oklahoma were both productive. I'm now in Texas where I'm in touch with quite a few of the surviving drive-ins. I did a lot of coverage at the Graham theater in Graham, TX,  yesterday evening and will be heading for Gatesville today. From there up to Abilene. While I'm mostly working at the theaters or driving between them, I've been getting in a little shooting of other subjects. You can find a sampling of those at my Working Pictures blog, which is easily searched.

Here's another page of thumbnails of those recent theaters from Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Settling Down

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Catching Up

The first six days were a little beyond hectic, so I'm slowing things down today. The thing is, through OH, IN, IL, and MO, active theaters are just close enough together, and far enough apart, that I could keep getting to three or four each day, finding lighting conditions that were surprisingly favorable every time. That meant no time for anything but driving, shooting theaters, and finding a place to stay. So now I'm taking the morning off (well not really, I'm making this Update and blog posts for Working Pictures), in Houston, Missouri. The trip is at mile 1,915 and 18 theaters have been photographed.

When I decide the theater needs a large format b&w photograph—for a variety of reasons some theaters are covered just fine working only with color digital capture—I also make a digital record shot of the setup, which will help identify the negatives next July and August as they are coming out of the darkroom. I thought these would be interesting, so I ran up a .pdf through Bridge Output, then converted that to .jpg to make it compatible with KS Update software—I think the result should be pretty legible.

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On The Road: Shelbeyville, Indiana

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