2010-07-21 / Front Page

Book photographer seeks leads on old agricultural subjects

By Jennifer Archibald
Staff writer

Bloomington photographer John Bower and his artist wife, Lynn, have published seven photography books on Indiana’s fascinating, yet fading, cultural past.

They have traveled 90,000 miles and visited every city and town on the Indiana Highway Map, seeking places to photograph. Their travels have taken them to Carroll County several times. Bower’s latest book, “The Common Good,” is about abandoned schools, churches, and other public buildings. It features photographs of several spots in Carroll County including the old Hedge School, a Burlington Township one-room school, North Central School, Tioga Bridge, and the old electric light building in Delphi. There are two photos of the Hedge School, and its image is on the cover of the brochure promoting the book.

Bonnie Maxwell of Delphi helped identify these local sites for Bower, and he is now asking more Carroll County residents to send him leads for his next book.

“The book will deal with Indiana’s agricultural heritage, and will contain images of barns, silos, chicken coops, sheds, and other outbuildings, as well as old farm equipment that is abandoned or no longer in use,” Bower said. “I want to concentrate on how so much of our agricultural heritage is being lost.”

His contact information follows: John Bower, Studio Indiana, 430 N. Sewell Rd., Bloomington, IN 47408; or toll-free phone: 877-547- 5073; or email: john@studioindiana. com.

He’s not particularly looking for grain elevators or feed mills because he’s already photographed them for a previous book. Titled “After the Harvest,” the book includes a photo of the Camden elevator and an interior shot of Adams Mill.

Another Bower book, “Journey’s End,” has photos of the Delphi interurban station and the Flora depot (sign detail).

“Silent Workplace” has a chapter on the Delphi Opera House. After the book came out, Bower came to speak at an Old Settlers program sponsored by the Delphi Preservation Society.

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