The Town that Stood Still by Neal Johnson

Issue 73

Spread along the tall grassy banks of the muddy Ohio River in the shadow of the vibrant cross-roads city of Louisville, Kentucky lays the Southern Indiana town of Jeffersonville. Once alive with river-traffic, the town is now divided between towering concrete flood walls, meant to protect the inhabitants, and the blight of vast, empty and overgrown lots. The historic downtown, once a bustling settlement dating back as early as 1786, is now simultaneously graced with beautiful Antebellum structures and pockmarked with hollow storefronts, vacant businesses, and foreclosed homes. The lack of an economic engine in the heart of town, combined with the residential sprawl to the east, seems to have created an unfortunate catalyst in the slow decline of Jeffersonville’s epicenter. 

In examining this issue, I wanted not only to document the vacancy and stillness of what remains of the towns’ breath, but I also wanted find the beauty hidden within the lost and forgotten landscape. I wanted to find hope for the future.

Neal Johnson lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.
To view more of Neal's work, please visit his website.

 Diner Window

Diner Window

 Rose Bush

Rose Bush

 Blue Car

Blue Car

 Parked Cars

Parked Cars

 Bar Booths

Bar Booths

 Backyard

Backyard

 White Car

White Car

 Gray House

Gray House

 House Boat

House Boat

 Church Shrub

Church Shrub

 Gold Car

Gold Car

 Hanging Clothes

Hanging Clothes

 Flood Wall

Flood Wall

 Stationwagon 

Stationwagon