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Decatur at 4 a.m.: Signs of life in the dead of night

Usually bustling with business people and relaxing townspeople alike, the newly revamped Downtown Decatur area is a central hub of Decatur business, community and history. However, have you ever wondered what it looks like in the dark of the night. Well, local photographer Keenan Adams has, and he struck out with his camera on a chilly evening to see what he could find. The photo series “Decatur at 4 a.m.,” is an eerie, but quietly peaceful portrayal of our downtown area in a state in which most citizens never get to see it. The buildings and sidewalks are quiet, but our version of city lights still shine throughout the wee hours of the morning. In one photo, however, you can see a solitary  light still burning in the window of a building on Water St. So, traffic or no traffic, construction or no construction, suits and ties or no one at all, the spirit of Decatur still glows. In the hush of the night, the carriage house still stands bright as a lighthouse signaling that Decatur is alive whether its abuzz with action or not.

To contact or learn more about local photographer Keenan Adams, visit his facebook page:

The entire Flickr album can be seen here:

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About Margaret Eby

Margaret Eby
Margaret Eby is a recent college grad who is living it up in the real world at DCC Marketing. In the inordinate amounts of free time she now finds herself with, she loves to play the mandolin and sing with her beau Caleb, get her fitness on at the gym, and clumsily learn how to cook food other than Ramen noodles. Margaret's Top 5 Loves: craft brews, NPR, bluegrass music, fashion, and her grandfather's cowboy boots that she inherited. Her work has been published in the Illinois Times in Springfield and other local publications.