A photography blog with travel and feature stories by John Matthews, a photographer and flâneur based in London, England.

The State of the Union

In 2010, on a journey to the quiet mill town of Athol in the state of Massachusetts in the United States, I woke at dawn one morning and saw a deliciously thick fog outside. On this morning, the sunshine proved too intense, too quickly and I only found a single image: a small house on Silver Lake Street with the sign This is the State of the Union. The sound of cheery classical music belied the grim condition of the exterior. I made a couple of exposures and continued walking down the road. After several minutes, I heard someone calling "hey, hello, you!"

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