Cave Creek, Arizona is home to Frontier Town, an old-timey place full of old wagons, rusty steel sculptures of horses and bulls, and wooden sidewalks leading to cute shops that sell everything from organic lotions to personalized zipper pulls. In addition to the shops there are restaurants and a wedding chapel, and the town hosts lots of events throughout the year, making it a fun place for tourists and locals alike.
It's also where I went for the 2013 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, with a bunch of other local photographers. We arrived early, before the shops opened, and had the place to ourselves.
Taking pictures in a funky old place calls for processing the photos in a funky old way. The image above got sepia toned, stained, distressed and framed in Photoshop. The wagon and the wheels got distressed from being outside ever since they were made. Once upon a time, these were real parts of real working vehicles. For those who lived and worked in that time, they're just old junk; for modern Americans, they're sentimental reminders of the past.
There are antiques everywhere at Frontier Town, indoors and out. Some of them are really cool, like the post office boxes above. I remember seeing ones like this when I was a kid. I wonder when they were uninstalled from a post office? And which post office? Breaking News (10/15): This shot was chosen as the winner for the walk! A zillion thanks to Cusi and Sandy, and to NAPP for a copy of Scott Kelby's Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop!
This was my third consecutive Worldwide Photo Walk. My plan is to never Photo Walk the same place twice. So far I've attended in Tempe, Phoenix and Cave Creek. Next year, who knows?
(You can see my other photos from the walk here.)