photography and digital scrapbooking

Vintage Charm in Ashland County


Designs on antique window frames, peeling paint, and rusted metal are the vintage elements I love to discover and photograph.  Our recent trip to my home state of Ohio included visits to back roads and small towns where I was fortunate to find some favorite photography subjects. I especially enjoyed discovering the beautifully detailed vintage house. It is currently under renovation and will eventually be a focal point on a quiet street near downtown Ashland.

We were fortunate to have good weather and a little more time than usual during our stay in Ohio. I was able to visit other rural areas in the north central part of the state and will be posting those photos soon.

Author: Karen Chandler

Metal clay jewelry, nature photography, and digital scrapbooking are Karen's passions. She is mostly self-taught, enjoying the learning process as much as producing her works of art. Karen's jewelry features fine silver, copper, and bronze. She sculpts and refines metal clay, then kiln fires her pieces and polishes them to perfection. The process allows for exciting interpretations of symbols, shapes, textures, and combinations of metals. A long time user of Photoshop, Karen loves to create digital layouts with her photos. Her layouts and albums are a diary of sorts; documenting milestones, recording happy times, and celebrating her love of nature.

20 thoughts on “Vintage Charm in Ashland County

  1. Beautiful images! It’s like stepping back in time. You just don’t see texture like this in today’s world.

  2. If our grandparents and great-grandparents had only known the value of vintage. 🙂

  3. I recently took a trip to the “country” for the sole purpose of finding some great shot such as these. You hit the jackpot . . . these photos are wonderful!

    • Thanks, Joyce! Looking for vintage/rural photo ops can be a lot of fun. Not easy, but rewarding when everything comes together. I was concerned about some issues as I approached the properties, but nothing unusual happened. One dog looked at me, but he went back to his place on the porch. I usually stay pretty close to the car just in case!

  4. Amazing photos, Karen! I’ve missed coming by here, it’s always inspiring. I like how you are presenting your photos with the gallery and slide show.

  5. Oh yeah. I am right there with you vintage elements. Love the shots!

  6. gorgeous shots! thanks so much for sharing your vision.

  7. These are glorious! Thank you soooo much! ~Sincerely Deborah

  8. What a wonderful series of photos Karen. You’ve certainly captured that rural Ohio feel.

  9. I can’t believe I missed all these fabulous images until now!!! I bet one could spend days and days and still not experience it all!!!

    • Thanks, David! I love the photo ops I find in Ohio. Many times, I happen upon a barn or shed in such a perfectly aged condition – with other elements that almost seem professionally arranged for maximum interest. It can be a breathtaking sight and I want to spend an hour or two just exploring the possibilities for composition. But that never happens. Rapid decisions and brief encounters are what I must accept (so far). But even that is good practice!