In 2009 I was able to visit the Western Reserve Historical Society’s (WRHS) restoration facility in Macedonia, OH. This is where the historical society stored and restored it’s collection of old automobiles, airplanes, merry-go-round horses and all sorts of other items for it’s museums. Leaning up agains a wall was the old two wheeled bicycle, the type with the big wheel in front and the small wheel in the back. It was up against a blank wall and in poor lighting so I shot this silhouette. Space prevented me from capturing the entire bike so I concentrated on details and smaller sections and shapes.
Yesterday, I went to the Society’s Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. The museum has been remodeled and is not quite finished but much nicer than it had been. While roaming the lower level where most of the old automobiles had been, I came across the old bike again! It had finally made it to the museum itself.
It was sitting in an area still needing completion and once again the lighting was bad and this time the background was very distracting. I resorted once again to shooting smaller details of the bike to de-emphasize the background.
It was like being reunited with an old friend and seeing that friend make it to the big show, almost! It still has a ways to go to be as prominent as some of the automobiles on the upper level, well lit and sitting in prime time space, but maybe the next time I stop in it will be displayed in better light and positioning.