Photographs by Stephen Curtis Wilson
In late 2020, Wilson was contacted by a family member of Reid Larson, owner of Reid’s Mobil Service Center in Edwards, IL. Reid would soon retire after over 50 years working with cars and trucks and 40 years as owner of his own station. Reid’s family wanted to give him a large, framed photograph of his station. Meeting Reid was a joy for Wilson. During his time with him, he stated that it was easy to see Reid loved his customers, and they loved him right back. After photographing the building façade, Wilson asked Reid for permission to photograph the interior of the building. Along with the requested large, colorful, framed building portrait, Wilson provided the family a copy of everything he photographed that day. Reid was given a photobook at his retirement gathering. These are a few of Wilson’s favorite photographs from the project.
Wilson photographs Central Illinois. He was a medical and generalist photographer, writer, and communication specialist in the health care and library science fields for 36 years – cut steel in a foundry and drove a truck for a time. He graduated from the fine arts program at Illinois Central College, received a BA from the University of Illinois, and is a juried Illinois Artisan for Photography at Illinois State Museum.