There is an old mill in Dayton, Virginia where young boys liked to go and fish next to the big wheel. In the early 1970s I started developing and printing my own black and white photos. I went by to take a few photos of the old mill and found these young boys fishing in the mill stream. They became the perfect accessories to the mill. I loved the simplicity of it all when I look at these shots.

Old mill long standing silent by the stream
Mill stones no longer grinding corn
Giant wheel stuck in memories of the past
Mill pond remains full // water still flows
Potential energy moves on down stream
Young boys find a sweet spot near the big wheel
Long poles reach out over the water
Lost in the moment they wait for a bite
Fishing for the living next to the dead


B&W Photos: Dwight L. Roth