Small town downtowns don’t grow outward but develop inward. Old buildings, a few new buildings, and a main street that follows the railroad tracks into dusk.
But a small town comes alive when the day ends. The dusk quietly translates into a quiet destination. Shops close but their lights continue glowing, as if dusk has paused, anticipating tomorrow’s dawn. Restaurants light up with people, sounds, music, the aroma of a grill that’s working past exhaustion long into the night.
There’s magic in the array of lights. You don’t notice the street lights as much as the aurora of lights around buildings, from small yellow lights to storefronts blazing white. Not that everything is bright. But everything is light.
All shots were taken handheld on an iPhone. Mobile photography is a convenient, expressive and inspiring way to show small towns and big cities. It allows you to find microcosms of beauty and real-life that often go undocumented and unpublished.