Forgotten Deep East Texas (Again)

Today I took some time out to go exploring an area I have intended photograph but not taken the time; Lindale, Texas. Lindale is the closest area with a “Downtown” to my home. Like so many small towns in East Texas it has seen better times. The buildings are run down but still emanate a dignity that existed in better times; kind of like an aging debutante that can’t seem to keep her lipstick on straight. Plants grow from cracks, light reflects off of broken windows, once bright colors take on an interesting patina of pastels. It is at once captivating and sad.Whether it is the train that abandoned the town, the freeway that passed a few miles away or the modern tendency to disregard all that needs renovation downtown Lindale is a shell of what once must have been a vibrant place to be.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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