Flickr a Day 229: ‘Big and Mean in Hazel Green’

I don’t know what best describes the photostream of Pete Zarria—urban decay, rural iconic, or something else. The Davenport, Iowa, native primarily shoots signs and buildings across the U.S. Midwest. They give a sense of rustic America, while simultaneously rusted America. Similarly, his landscapes tend to be bleak. Sincerely, and I mean no jibe, Pete could scout sets for a post-apocalyptic movie.

He shot self-titled “Big and Mean in Hazel Green” in the Wisconsin town of the same name on June 3, 2012, using Nikon D300 and 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Vitals: f/8, ISO 250, 1/80 sec, 11mm. I picked the pic for composition and to illustrate his broader style and technique, which many of the sign shots don’t appropriately represent. He joined Flickr in March 2006.

Photo Credit: Pete Zarria