Country, Country Club

John Mellencamp has always been one of my favorite musicians.

Even though my admiration for him had nothing to do with photography, it came as no surprise to me when I found out just how committed he is to my art form.

Thanks to photographer Wayne Maser, he met one of his wives at an album cover photo session. Mellencamp is also a frequent collaborator with Kurt Markus, a giant in the photo world.

I’m particularly fond of Mellencamp’s less popular songs. The deepest of his obscure work is a soundtrack from a 1992 film called Falling From Grace. Between the songs, there is spoken-word dialog from the film.

One of the short lines refers to a “country, country club” which is the opposite of the typical suburban oasis of manicured lawns and starched clothes. That upper crust place is not where you’d find a game of horseshoes, crushed beer cans, or a pit in the ground with a roasting pig.

I’m not much of a joiner, so few clubs will be a fit for me. However, when it comes to Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, I’m all in.

Every time I’m on the western side of my state, I make a point to visit with my camera. This session from a few summers back is just one of dozens that I’ve done in the neighborhood.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.