Gallery Three

All photographs © 1969-2023, Carl Weese

The Drive-in Theater and Off-Topic Galleries:

One black and white picture from each of the drive-in theaters I reached on my two part cross-country road trip in 2012. The theaters are all identified by name and location.

A collection of thirty pictures of subjects other than drive-in theaters made during my six week road trip to the West Coast and back, in May and June of 2012. Prints from these color digital captures were shown in October at the gallery space of The Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin, Florida.

During my week-long artist residency with The Firehouse Cultural Center I did some teaching and made several presentations and public talks. However a main goal of the project was for me to simply do my usual thing and make pictures in and around Ruskin, Florida. This gallery collects sixty of those pictures, all color digital captures. A show of prints is planned for later.

In October of 2012 I traveled through North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to photograph drive-in theaters. I also spent a week as Artist in Residence with The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin, FL. This is a collection of thirty "off topic" photographs—neither theaters nor Ruskin—made during the road trip.

This gallery (from January 2010) shows a large collection of theaters from across the country.

In the summer of 2000, as I returned from a trip to make pictures of agricultural land in the hill country of central West Virginia, I stopped to photograph a striking little church buried deep in a V-shaped hollow. Fall Run Church is a modest structure, almost lost at the back of the dark hollow, but the little white clapboard building had enormous presence in the early morning sunlight. By the time I’d made a picture of the church and its surroundings I knew I wanted to begin a series of related photographs. Country and small-town churches are often examples of vernacular architecture, variations on a well-known theme, designed and executed more in accordance with the wishes of a congregation than the formal plans of an architect. In the next few years as I traveled in search of drive-in theaters—also vernacular architecture—I watched for church buildings in interesting landscape settings and photographed many of them, all using an 8x10 inch camera. This gallery shows some of the results.