A Quiet Night on the Square in Bentonville, AR

Posted by Jeremy Mason McGraw on 14 May 2014

Sometimes the quiet times on the square in Bentonville, AR are my favorite. As the sun retreats the pace slows and subtle moments take over.
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A long road to the middle

A long road to the middle

The dark trees shadow against the sky like dark smoke hovering over the warm light of the fountain.

The dark trees shadow against the sky like dark smoke hovering over the warm light of the fountain.

Sam's truck presides in the shadows. quietly keeping watch over the very spot his empire, Walmart in Bentonville AR was built. As another day fades a couple approaches and tries to snap a picture. The setting is too dark for their phone, as they are about to abandon the effort a car stops in the street and the driver asks if her headlights will help them take a better picture. They respond with delight as the car backs up in the street to illuminate the memory. I wonder if the photo produced will bookmark the night they stood next to Sam's truck or the night a total stranger blocked traffic to help them take a picture.

Sam’s truck presides in the shadows, quietly keeping watch over the very spot his empire Walmart in Bentonville, AR was built. As another day fades a couple approaches and tries to snap a picture. The setting is too dark for their phone. As they are about to abandon the effort a car stops in the street and the driver asks if her headlights will help them take a better picture. They respond with delight as the car backs up in the street to illuminate the memory. I wonder if the photo produced will bookmark the night they stood next to Sam’s truck or the night a total stranger blocked traffic to help them take a picture.

Like a the negative space of an invisible inverted vortex, the lights of cars stream around the fountain under a fading cobalt sky.

Like a the negative space of an invisible inverted vortex, the lights of cars stream around the fountain under a fading cobalt sky.


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