Raleigh, February 2016

February 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

Every few months I travel to Raleigh, North Car­olina and on these vis­its I try to explore down­town a lit­tle bit. This month I had another trip and took my Leica M3 and my (new to me) Mamiya C330. These are some of my favorites from three ses­sions — one late after­noon and one night­time walk with the M3, and one mid­day with the C330. The M3 had a roll of expired 400UC and the Mamiya was loaded with Ultra­fine Extreme 400.

I’ve got­ten to a pretty com­fort­able place with the Leica, but the C330 is still very for­eign to me. In fact, on three of my images the lens didn’t acti­vate — no idea what I did wrong there. I had switched out the 80mm 2.8 for a 180mm 4.5 and some­how didn’t set it up cor­rectly. Will read more and bet­ter luck next time. Big thank you to Karl Abbott for the roll of Ultra­fine — it turned out great in a Microphen stock dev!

Photo Exploration — Kiddie Ride, Hendersonville North Carolina

July 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Down­towns cen­tered on Main Streets are still around, and they often pro­vide a view into the past. And some­times there is a per­spec­tive into tran­si­tion between the past and present as well. In Hen­der­son­ville, North Car­olina, there is a vibrant down­town with music instru­ment stores, bars, knick-knacks shops, ice cream coun­ters and delis. Includ­ing this old phar­macy with the dog treats, cig­a­rette recep­ta­cle, and kid­die horse lined up out­side the front door.

I see this pho­to­graph as a doc­u­ment of ten­sion. I tried to limit the sur­round­ing con­text to a min­i­mum, although I did sneak in the his­tor­i­cal plaque on the left wall. Between that dec­o­ra­tion and the tiled entry­way, what is orig­i­nal? We see a procla­ma­tion of this “new” own­er­ship, man­age­ment, whathaveyou — “The old ‘Jus­tus Phar­macy’” — so some­things have changed. Maybe the Coke bar­rel by the door, prob­a­bly the dog bis­cuit offer­ing — those are cer­tainly new. The neon sign could go both ways — maybe orig­i­nal? Our reflected awning is likely orig­i­nal, if not restored. But the horse — what of the horse? Def­i­nitely weather-worn, and from an ear­lier day when the motor cas­ings were still metal instead of shock-proof plas­tic. I’ve no idea if it works or not — unfor­tu­nately I’m always bereft of loose change.

Is the restau­rant merely trad­ing on nos­tal­gia and rep­u­ta­tion? Do they have gen­uine respect for the his­tory of such a space, or are they lever­ag­ing the horse to hook tourists into spend­ing some quick cash? I should say that I don’t know at all — but I would imag­ine that the new own­ers are prob­a­bly on the “respect and restore” side of the coin than the “appro­pri­ate and abuse” the past viewpoint.

Kiddie Ride

This pho­to­graph was made on a rainy after­noon in June 2015, with 35mm Supe­ria X-TRA 400 in my Leica M3.

Nashville at Night, October 2014

January 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Walk­ing around down­town Nashville in Octo­ber 2014. Warm and humid, with a nice sun­set lead­ing into a lit­tle ten­sion early in the evening. Taken with the Fuji X100.

Downtown Nashville, February 2014

February 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Since mov­ing here, I’d been want­ing to pho­to­graph the peo­ple who go down­town. It’s a mix of tourists and natives — there are enough great parks, muse­ums and activ­i­ties to bring the locals but the rep­u­ta­tion of Broad­way draws in the visitors.

These are a bit of the find­ings on a warm after­noon in Feb­ru­ary. Some on the Shelby St Bridge, one from Cum­ber­land Park (this really neat space basi­cally under the bridge) and the rest from walk­ing around Broadway.

All FP4+ in the GA645.

Raleigh, Downtown. March 2013

April 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

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Raleigh, Morn­ing. March 2013. HP5+ at 1600.

Bele Chere Street Photography

August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

From Bele Chere 2012. Down­town Asheville. 5Dmk2 and 50mm f/1.4

Downtown Asheville, June/July 2011

July 15, 2011 at 9:31 am

A quick lit­tle set of pho­tog­ra­phy from the Asheville down­town and a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood. 35mm, Ilford 400.

Heyward Visits

May 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

One of my best friends, Hey­ward, came to town vis­it­ing on his way to Vir­ginia from Arkansas. We strolled around down­town and enjoyed the spring day.