Every old town still trying to hang on has the ‘antique’ shops along Main Street. Some shops do have a few antiques, but for the most part they sell ‘stuff’. Anything that someone might buy.
The real treasures are the shops and buildings themselves. All are way past their prime but just exude character.
I think shooting here makes a photographer work hard for a decent image. It’s too easy to point and click.
But B&W shots here let us push the pure blacks, bright whites, and use shading to accent what we think is important in the shot.
Without ‘artsy’ talk… it lets me play with the end result, and use gear general left in the bag.