A Short Trip to 2018

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I did my studies at the University of Oklahoma a few years back. While there, I spent my downtime going around the state, taking pictures of rural, industrial America. I loved seeing new places and capturing their essence on film.

The other day I happened to come across the negatives back from 2018 when I was a student. There was something about them, a memory and a perspective that I thought would be worth sharing. Perhaps you’ll find it fascinating, somehow inspiring, or feel just a bit of nostalgia, as do I.

And so today, I’d like to take you back with me on a short photographic journey to a few memorable spots around the state before the world knew of COVID. My photographic highlights of the “before times.”

And the devices that will bring you there will be my Canon T50 SLR with a 50mm lens and Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 in 35mm.

Starting with the campus:

The Chemistry Annex at the University of Oklahoma — as it was back in 2018.
Student Union courtyard.
South Oval.
Overlooking the entire University of Oklahoma campus, 2018.
Oklahoma City Airport, OKC. Where many of my trips begun.
Max Westheimer Airport, Norman, OK. Another airborne destination.
H&P Drilling Site near Norman, OK, where I came to observe the operations.
H&P Drilling Site near Norman, OK.
Granery Silo Station, El Reno, OK. It was huge!
Ardmore, OK Wind Field.

A lot has changed since — hard to believe it’s been nearly four years since most of these were taken. But such is the nature of time; so glad there’s photography to slow it down and help reflect.

Do you remember your 2018?