Lima, Ohio in the Year 2000

I have bittersweet feelings in looking at these photos. I was 27 to 28 years old and lived in a fantasy land that made me bold enough to take the sort of pictures that no one else was taking at that time. My aesthetic for urban photography was born then, and the heart of it hasn’t changed much over the years. I don’t do enough of it now.

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My photo archiving project continues. I decided to make albums of some of the photos on my Facebook page. The images for this blog posts are screen shots of an album that features photos I took in Lima in the year 2000. Back then I used one of the Sony Mavica cameras that recorded images onto floppy discs. I could fit just 10 images per disc, so I had to carry a baggy full of a dozen discs to make it through a photo walk.

Alas, I don’t have the originals files of these photos. All I have now are online copies, and the website where I uploaded them 19 years ago only has 500×375 or smaller versions of the images. I know that some of the photos had an original resolution of 1024×768 (if I felt bold enough to just take five pics per disc!). Lesson learned: back up photos in multiple ways. Burn them on discs or put them on a portable hard drive. Then back the most important ones up online, in more than one place.

I have bittersweet feelings in looking at these photos. I was 27 to 28 years old and lived in a fantasy land that made me bold enough to take the sort of pictures that no one else was taking at that time. My aesthetic for urban photography was born then, and the heart of it hasn’t changed much over the years. I don’t do enough of it now.

By the way, I’d be delighted if you followed me on Facebook. It has unlimited bandwidth for photos, and who knows what photo albums I may make from my archives.

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Author: Michelle Cole

I am a mom, wife, photographer, blogger and inventory clerk from Lima, Ohio.

11 thoughts on “Lima, Ohio in the Year 2000”

  1. I just love these photos. The doll figure reminds me of the Bob’s Big Boy which still stands in my dad’s town of Port Clinton, Ohio. I don’t think there are many of those left. Just fantastic–love all the details, and it’s interesting to see where your eye was focused in these urban scenes almost 20 years ago. OK if I also reblog on my blog, Michelle? I’ll give you due credit and try to push people toward your FB page.

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  2. Reblogged this on Rust Belt Girl and commented:
    If you’ve been visiting Rust Belt Girl a while, you know I have a thing for urban photography, especially of the kind that shows the patina of age–and soul. In a recent post, Michelle Cole, photographer and blogger over at Intensity Without Mastery, has captured the spirit of her Rust Belt place of Lima, Ohio, in the year 2000. I hope you’ll check out her post, and blog–where she also features nature photography, along with thoughts on “…family, faith…and life after depression.” If you follow her page on Facebook, you’ll find even more wonderful photography. Want to learn more about Michelle? Search by her name or under “Photography” on my blog for the 2-part photographic interview I did with her in 2017. Happy viewing, all! ~Rebecca

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  3. Lovely photos – great advice too on the backing up of them. I don’t do so well with that! It’s way too easy to keep too many of them now that DSLR’s and SD cards allow for the freedom to click away. I’m here visiting via the recommendation from Rebecca at RustBeltGirl – I’ll follow you via Facebook too – and I’ve been following your blog as well, just don’t get by as often as I’d like to! Happy Clicking to you!

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    1. Thanks for the follows! I didn’t do much with my blog’s Facebook page until recently. The unlimited storage on Facebook is a bonus when I’m dealing with so many photos. I wouldn’t depend on FB for long-term photo storage, but it’s possible to offer more media there.

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