I haven't written in my blog for....well it has been way to long.
I found out today that a location that I use quite often in the Mont Belvieu area is possibly going to be torn down. As I was going to a location in Crosby today, I went past the old Mont Belvieu feedstore across from Hill Lumber. I saw a small sign posted out front and I thought to myself no way, I hope that isn't a no trespassing sign. When I came back through that area, I stopped and read what it had to say. It says that they are having a public hearing in regards to the feed store being "RUN DOWN" and that anyone who wants to give their opinion in the matter can either write or go to the public hearing, I believe it is on May 4th. It made me sad at the thought.
I remember when..... I remember passing it to and from the old fire station in Mont Belvieu when my husband was a paramedic. I always thought that it was a piece of Mont Belvieu history. I can remember when it was a place where they held auctions. Then one day about 4 years ago with my camera in tow, I took my first photography session there. It made me look at this old red beautiful building in a whole different way. For years it has helped me tell stories about families and about future families. It was a place for laughter and for love... It was a place to celebrate 1st Birthdays...smash cakes...graduations...new beginnings... different Holidays such as Christmas..Easter..4th of July. Did you know that one of the early covers of Home Town Journey was taken by another local photographer for a 4th of July issue there. There are several photographers in the area that use this wonderful location.
A few months ago, I was waiting for a client to show up for a session. A young man pulled in and asked what I was doing there. I told him that I was meeting a family there to take their family photos. He said, "my family owns this property". "You see that stoop over there" he said... "I use to play on that stoop for hours at a time when I was a little boy. I told him it is one of my favorite spots of the old feed store. I also told him that another of my favorite parts was the old rusty fan in the back of the building. I bet a lot of you didn't even know it was back there. (I noticed the last time I was there it was gone) :(... He told me then that they may tear it down. I told him that I wish they wouldn't because it has made for beautiful photographs for a lot of the residents in Mont Belvieu.
I have taken many a session at that "THE OLD RED FEED STORE"... These images are hanging in the homes of people who live in Mont Belvieu. I hate the thought in a few years when they go by that area that they can't turn to the back seat and tell their children remember we took our family pictures there...or that is where you did your smash cake for your first birthday... or remember when Meme took all 7 of us to do our pictures together there and the photographer "aka myself" erased the whole session by mistake and we had to take it over again.
I hate when something gets old that everyone thinks it has lost its beauty. Is the "OLD RED FEED STORE" run down... not in my eyes. Does it need renovating some. I wish the City of Mont Belvieu would restore it to is natural state using a lot of the materials that are already on it. In the old portion of Mont Belvieu all you see are refineries, pipelines, car lots etc.... when do you say enough is enough and let a little bit of history stay where it belongs. I don't know what they have in store for my "Little Red Feed Store".... I hope it is something as beautiful as what is standing there today.
These are just a few of the images that I have taken over the years.
"THE LITTLE RED FEED STORE IN ALL IT'S GLORY"