The One that Started it All
This photo of the Ebert Farm Service grain elevator on Front Street was the first photo shot and published – two years ago in the Mokena Messenger. You can see it here: http://www.mokenamessenger.com/mokena-gram.
I had just watched the documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier,” and was feeling inspired as I drove down Front Street. The idea of a weekly column was born and though it no longer lives in the pages of the Mokena Messenger, I still love shooting it almost every week right here in Mokena!
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Inspired by my foray into teaching the history of photography I was inspired in two different ways.
I joined Instagram. (jeanlachat)
I was able to start a photo column at the Mokena Messenger. It’s a wonderfully local paper in our town, edited by the fabulous Will O’Brien. The Messenger arrives free in my mailbox every week. I shoot freelance for them. I write occasionally. I read it cover-to-cover every week because I love knowing what’s going on in my town.
Will wrote a wonderful story on my studio opening in March. I literally cried when I read it.
You can read some of it online here: http://www.mokenamessenger.com/capturing-moment
When I pitched the idea of a locally-grown photo column, he said yes!
And so the photo debuted last week in the Messenger.
And I checked this morning on the website and saw that it was number one on the most viewed list!
I couldn’t be more excited. I did have some regular photo features waaayyy back at the Sun-Times but it was short-lived because of a shrinking news hole and an unsupportive editor. I always loved the concept though, and I am pleased that 15 years later, I can again use my photography to explore, inform and entertain on a regular basis.
Please keep checking back. It hits the website on Wednesdays and the mailboxes in Mokena on Thursdays. I have another cool image coming your way this week. And with all my Mokena friends’ help, I will be able to show what makes living in this little town so wonderful.