Tuesday, April 19, 2011
As I drove up Division and passed a series of bright yellow, hand-written signs that read, “Turkey Decoys 30% Off”, I stopped in the General Store for a visit.
The General Store is, in short, a wonderland for those with a penchant for projects. What started as an Army surplus store has evolved into a mecca of useful oddities: sporting gear, housewares, clothing, hardware. It was decoys and the business of hunting turkeys, however, that really caught my attention.
Turkey season opened on April 15 and runs through the end of May. And whether you’re a fan of recreational hunting or not, the General Store stands as a reminder of our not-so-distant pastoral roots. Spokane is curious in this way: urban and still somewhat rural; a place where progressive and traditional values collide. The tension challenges our assumptions and, like a well-crafted decoy, requires one to question what is real and what is fake.
ABOUT WANDERLUST: The photo series is a 60-day visual story-telling project that explores the seemingly ordinary places, people and things we experience everyday. It's about being curious and asking questions. It's about wanting to know more about the world around you and seeing it from fresh perspectives. If you have ideas on where I should wander, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.