Upon arriving at an art school posing as a middlebrow state university, my trouble knob was turned to 11. That’s because I didn’t have the right tool for my photography classes.

If you’re thinking that I didn’t go to class with a camera, that’s incorrect. I arrived with my full kit. Unfortunately, I was missing any knowledge or understanding of postmodernism.

Arriving without pants would have been less embarrassing. Except, in this case, I didn’t even know enough to be embarrassed.

Even now, postmodernism has no intersection with me. This may or may not make me postmodern. However, I do know a lot about mid-century modern architecture. I knew I liked it before I knew what it was, which is the perfect way to embrace art.

My mid-century modern house (pre-postmodern?) and the few others nearby are the exceptions to the midwestern suburban rules of lookalike McHouses.

Not only are they great houses, but they’re also perfect backgrounds for outdoor portraits like this one, just a five-minute walk from my place.

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