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© John Linton
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  • Business is slow
  • Significant downturn
  • ES MI BARRIO Y MI FE   (my neighborhood and my faith)
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UploadedJuly 20, 2009
TakenJuly 19, 2009
Exposure1/100 sec at f/3.5
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Focal Length18 mm
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Q: Story of the week

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One of the many empty shops in downtown Westerly.

Canon EOS 350D camera with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom lens


86 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    I think this must be happening all over. All three cities around us are covered up in them. I love how you shot this.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    The way you shot this is fantastic!! Sad that it's empty! Great entry!


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    great shot

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    The way your shadow frames the subject is just wonderful. Well done!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    Sad, the corner hardware store just closed in my little town. dp

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    Nicely done, John. A sad but true statement of the economy.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    Yes, everywhere is like these. My former office has a big commercial development that was put on hold due to lack of money. It is in the middle of construction and now it is sitting there waiting to see what will happen.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Jul 2009):

    Wow! This looks like a Hollywood facade.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Awesome! i like the way you captured it, feels like a ghost town.

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez   gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    great shot!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    WOW you got a terrific effect here John, well done..

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Great shot and entry!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    love this series and this photo. it all ties together for me in this photo. your SP looking inside the empty building is brilliant! the downturn thru your eyes.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Sad to see. A great shot and entry.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Unfortunately this is reality.

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (20 Jul 2009):

    Enemy of the State by Killdozer

    Right downtown next to the Kroeger store

    Is where my hardware store once stood.

    They're both gone now along with the rest of downtown.

    All their windows are boarded over with wood.

    We survived the arrival of the K-Mart and the Pamida that had come before,

    But not even they had the strength to withstand the attack of that [expletive] Wal-Mart store.

    Sam Walton promised prosperity and everyday low prices when he brought his store to town.

    He only delivered unemployment as one by one all the other stores shut down.

    Soon I was forced to swallow my pride and take the only job I could score:

    For twenty-eight hours a week at minimum wage I'm the greater out at the [expletive] Wal-Mart store.

    Sam Walton has singlehandedly sounded the death-knell for small towns across America.

    I've learned my lesson and I'm here to tell you,

    You can't trust a man from Arkansas.

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (20 Jul 2009):

    i can't for the life of me figure out how jpg formats stuff -- feel free to delete, john


    JOE FAILK gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    Excellent capture! super shot!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    A winner for sure,,great entry JL

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (21 Jul 2009):

    Excellent shot...

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (21 Jul 2009):

    Great for the theme!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (22 Jul 2009):

    You captured the "void" I've been seeing on this roadtrip - well done John!!!

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    took me a moment to see it was your outline ^-^

  • Victor Ursabia

    Victor Ursabia said (3 Oct 2009):

    nice shot!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (9 Dec 2009):

    back to vote


    JOE FAILK gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    What an amazing entry John! It really rocks!!!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) said (9 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    back to vote! :)

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    Nice ghostly framing

  • Jeff Ore

    Jeff Ore gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    Great shot Voted

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    Back to Vote,,this is extraordinary

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    Yes there shutting down all over the place in our country town, very sad for everyone! Love the framing and lighting of this shot John! Voted.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Came back to vote!!!!!!!!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (11 Dec 2009):


  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Perfect for this theme. Voted.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    You definitely feel a sense of emptiness of this shop by the way you have isolated it in the frame. Very fitting for the theme and you have my vote!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    Got my vote. Wonderful entry. Sad though.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    back to vote!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Dec 2009):

    Like a peek thru the downturn in the window of the cities economic life. Like how you've comped the image to focus on this emptiness, yet still see the light and life going on outside.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) said (16 Dec 2009):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (17 Dec 2009):

    Still love this one! BTV.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    a great theme shot! yes!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Cool find! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Lindsay

    Lindsay gave props (17 Dec 2009):


  • dp *

    dp * gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote. dp

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Neat effects!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    GMV! Very Nice!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    Took me a few minutes to figure this out! Great work.

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Great work!!!!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Tryna vote YEAH, machine's broken @#!@#$%&^$@!

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Fixed : YEAH !!!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Statement and a half!! Superbly accomplished, John!!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Nicely done JL.

  • Daniela V

    Daniela V gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    magnificent entry, vote yeahhh!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Great entry, voted

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    They're everywhere! My "Yeah!" vote, right now, will fix everything! If we all put on our ruby slippers and smack our heals together, maybe things will get better. Or maybe we'll all end up in Kansas. Now there's anothere fine mess. . . R

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    Great take on the theme. Merry Christmas to you.

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (29 Dec 2009):

    alas, so many sources for the theme.

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Looks like my unfinished house, well done!

  • phil413

    phil413 (Deleted) gave props (30 Dec 2009):

    Marvelous interpretation of the theme :)

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    VERY cool shot + vote

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (2 Jan 2010):

    good....very good

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    this could be in 365 ~ very cool, yeah !

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    very cool shot, looks almost like a double exposure

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Wonderful shot ! Voted.

  • Angelo Narciso

    Angelo Narciso gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    great concept, excellently executed! yeah!

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    this is great!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (8 Jan 2010):

    A sign of the times - voted!

  • Rebecca Sheehan

    Rebecca Sheehan gave props (8 Jan 2010):

    great for the theme! voted!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (10 Jan 2010):

    BTV......! :)

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (10 Jan 2010):


  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (11 Jan 2010):

    Nice one! Voted!

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (13 Jan 2010):

    voted man.!

  • Christine Corrigan

    Christine Corrigan said (17 Jan 2010):

    Hey John, Great shot! I read in the paper that Westerly is having a meeting...called a summit to talk about the empty stores etc.. Someone just realized that downtown is looking very sad. Where have they been? peace..

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (20 Jan 2010):

    great title

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    Great for the theme!! My vote for sure!:)

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (21 Jan 2010):

    Quite an unique scene. This image is asking a question! Another vote yes!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    Very cool!! VOTED

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    Excellent entry! Voted!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (8 Feb 2010):


  • Jerry Sander

    Jerry Sander gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    Yeah! hopefully things will get better soon.

  • Vladan Djordjevic

    Vladan Djordjevic gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    Great image. My vote.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    Poignant image of troubling times. Love your selective focus, John. Voted!

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2010):

    My vote. Your reflection really makes the compo work.

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