Looking Back: 2015

Justin Augustus. Soul on ledge to alley-oop soul on rail. Des Moines. Photo: Bales.
Justin Augustus. Soul on ledge to alley-oop soul on rail. Des Moines. Photo: Bales.(Click to enlarge)

Words by Bruce J. Bales

Let us try to not look back too far. Let us look forward with optimism. The sessions will be more plentiful this year. Our wheels will grace the pavement more frequently. These are the things I thought about while compiling this post, and it seemed fitting to share those sentiments with you all. See you at a session soon.
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2016 Iowa Connection Events. Design by Justin Augustus.
2016 Iowa Connection Events. Design by Justin Augustus. (Click to enlarge)

Design by Justin “Jefferson” Augustus

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Gallery: Film travels 11

Des Moines. Ilford 3200. Photo: Bales.
Des Moines. Ilford 3200. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Words and photos by Bruce J. Bales

It is easy for one to appreciate the words and works of Mark Twain. One of my favorite Twain quotations is pertinent to this particular photo series. Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” The author’s strong words have been stuck in my head recently. Talking about this idea with a close friend reminded me of these photographs and helped me to realize how much traveling has shown me.
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A visit with Chris Watts

Chris Watts. Mute. Madison, Wi. Photo: Bales.
Chris Watts. Mute. Madison, Wi. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

A strong curiosity surrounds Wisconsin. On my first trip to Madison to visit Chris Watts, I was entranced by rural Wisconsin’s landscape while looking out the car window. Once Andrew Hall and I arrived in Madison, that curiosity was multiplied as we were shown a variety of amazing skate spots. We knew we would have to return soon. Fast forward a few months and Madison’s new skatepark was completed, prompting yet another journey north to session with our good friend. Madison often draws comparisons to Iowa City, and I believe there are some parallels between the two places. However Madison, being split by Lakes Medota and Monona, has some incredible views and vistas which make you feel like you are far from Iowa, but you aren’t. The same Midwestern sensibilities are present here, and people on the streets are both courteous and cautious. Rollerblading is meet with smiles and confusion. On this particular journey we stuck mainly to the skatepark before hitting a few street spots and some coffee.
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