Goodrich Barber MI Shop, this is my first take at photographing a series of Barbershops. It is an extension and addition of my series photographing post offices around the country. When ever I travel I like to get off the freeways and visit small town America. The idea came from reading Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon years ago. It is a travelogue on Americana. I chose to add barber shops when I was driving around Clarkston and Waterford a few weeks ago an noticed there were at least three old fashioned, independent structured barber shops within a few miles.
When I shoot post offices I try not to have people in the shot and make the image more about the building and the surroundings. For barber shops I plan to focus more on the interior of the building, the barber and the patrons. We will see where this goes.
Scotts Barber Shop
10233 Hegel Rd
Goodrich, MI 48438
I was introduced to Scott a week ago by my pal Don Rush and got a haircut that day. I went back and spent an hour or so photographing the shop with Scott in it. The shop was converted from a bank in 1919 and Scott is the 4th owner. He has been there 10 years and his son Brandon cuts there also. The interior is covered with trinkets, sports memorabilia, photos, calendars, a dead deer, historic barber stuff and tools of the trade. Very eclectic and interesting.
After a bit a customer came in and agreed to have shots taken. Chuck Lippincott first came to this shop when he lived on a chicken farm outside of town a few miles, back in 1941 when he was a young boy. Chuck told stories of delivering chickens to families in Flint and trading the chickens for various rationing stamps. He also talked about how he would drive to Davisburg for feed and see very few cars on the trip. Different times. It was a very nice conversation and I’m lucky to have talked with him.
Check out Scott’s shop. You will get a great haircut and might hear some good stories.