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Duluth Fall Festival, 2014
Ever since I met my wife-to-be and her family in Duluth, we’ve been going to the Fall Festival there every year. It has been the unofficial start of fall for us for nearly 10 years, even if the Georgia weather and leaves on the trees would disagree slightly with the timing. This year our daughter was in the parade (a 2nd time for her) and despite the rain that loomed over most of the weekend, we managed to get in a fun time during the 2 day event. Though of course my fun was had in trying out a new […]
Food Truck Fridays, 2014
Back in 2013 the city of Duluth started having food trucks come down to the town green and set up each Friday in August. It was so popular that they extended it through October (though the weather decided to put a damper on that most weeks). This year, they obviously banked on it as a continual draw and set up a June-October timeframe for a new Food Truck Friday event. This time with music acts and entertainment (like movies on the green after dark) to get people to come down. Needless to say, it has worked. Every week people show […]
Duluth Celebrates America, 2014
Typically, the city of Duluth does their celebrations for the 4th a day early and at a local park. But if things were typical then we would’ve also been rained out like last year (and possibly the year before, if I recall correctly). Instead, the weather graciously cooperated and multiple events occurred simultaneously down on the town green. With the 3rd being a Thursday, the usual Parsons Farmers Market was moved but still went on as usual. There were also a few food trucks and carts like they’ve been doing on Fridays. For the celebration at hand they had military […]
Ponce City Market, June 2014
In the fall of 2014, Jamestown Properties should be ready to open the first phase of the largest live/work/play redevelopment since Atlantic Station. The site of Ponce City Market is the old Sears & Roebuck building on Ponce de Leon, aka the old City Hall East. Many of the changes already made include removal of much of the old parking deck, and an installation of a “cap” over the old ground-level parking lot to bring it up to grade with North Avenue in the rear of the property. The rooftop will include a boardwalk, restaurant/pub, and entertainment such as a […]
Duluth Rotary Car Show, 2014
This year I made it for the annual car show hosted by the Duluth Rotary Club. I decided to focus more on specific aspects of the vehicles rather than just the bodies. Mostly it was the engines that were the heart (literally) of the restorations as that was where each person made their unique mark on the vehicle. So to that end I present a collection of shiny chrome and aluminum, with just a touch of environmental shots.
Zombies at the Goat Farm
At this point Atlanta is probably most well-known for zombies, thanks to shows like The Walking Dead. I met up with some local photographers to continue that generalization at a zombie-themed photoshoot at none other than a location used for filming and at least 1 model who was a cast member of the show. We had some odd props (yes, those are baby dolls on the ground in one shot) and used whatever we could to make an interesting scene. The models were all awesome, accommodating, and were a pleasure to work with.
Oakland Cemetery, April 2014
To kick off a family staycation during spring break this year we started at the MLK Center in downtown Atlanta. From there we took a stroll through the gardens of Oakland Cemetery to see what was blooming. I didn’t walk away with much as I really should’ve brought a better macro lens, but I still managed to find some interesting subjects and isolated flowers.
Alter Ego at Royale Night Club
Alter Ego is a cover band from Montreal that is noted for their many costume changes during a performance. They performed hit songs from various decades, with each of their outfits corresponding to the singers/groups. This was a private concert given for attendees of the Progress Exchange event in Boston from October of 2013.
Progress Exchange, 2013
I always bring my camera with me on business trips as I never know what will happen. This event took place in Boston, MA in October of 2013, though I just recently finished picking and processing the photos. It’s really just a few candids from around the conference but it was enough to make me happy. I really do think that if I had to pick a specific niche market for my work it would be event photography. It combines my true love of not having to interact with people directly, yet still lets me silently document the world around […]
Southern Iron Works
As a child with a heritage from the steel city of Pittsburgh, I lived well after the years when coal smoke turned the skies black and rained cinders on the towns surrounding the old steel mills. Most stories of the mills came from my grandparents, but I have to assume they were similar to other states with a large steel-production impact. To learn more, a band of explorers loaded up on a foggy winter morning and made the trek across state lines to such a place. This particular site was similar in that it was the lifeblood of the nearby […]
Central State Hospital
Perhaps one of the best-known, infamous, and historic hospitals in the state of Georgia, Central State sits in the former capital city of Milledgeville. Its history spans over 100 years from opening in 1842 and has been known as “Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum”, “Georgia State Sanitarium”, and “Midgeville State Hospital”. It once housed nearly 12,000 patients in the 1960’s, dwindling to only about 9,000 by 2005. In 2010 the hospital was closed and has sat deteriorating ever since, causing a significant economic impact to both the city and county. As part of redevelopment efforts on the campus, […]
Bostick State Prison
Bostick was a state prison adjacent to the campus of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. Constructed in the 1950’s it served as a dormitory through the late ’80s when it was converted to a medium security prison for special-needs criminals. Closed in 2010 it has sat abandoned until being recently purchased in 2013, with intents to convert the building into a nursing home for inmates. Due to its impending remodeling this was a must-see location during a permissioned visit to the hospital.
Battery Plant, Revisited
It had been a while since I’ve been out on my own to explore, but an unexpected visit from an out-of-town friend prompted me to show some southern hospitality. We toured a few common spots which proved to be quite depressing. Many locations had been freshly boarded-up, repurposed by new owners, or demolished completely. Of about 6 sites we visited or tried to visit, only 1 was available for us to photograph. Even that location had its share of disappointment, with most of the artifacts and equipment removed since my last visit in 2011. On the plus side, I had […]
New Year’s Eve, 2013
A sampling of activities and entertainment at Duluth’s NYE celebration. The headlining band was The American Flyers, with performances by Miss Cindy’s Dance Studio, DJ Wes Brawner, and fire performer Patrick Spidey. The evening expectedly ended with a fireworks finale and the raising of a custom icon for the city in front of the city hall clock tower.
Howl on the Green, 2013
This year the city of Duluth did something a bit different for its Halloween celebration. They kept the traditional trick-or-treat event on Main Street for the kids, along with all the bouncy-houses and rides. The addition of food trucks to supplement local faire was good but no different than their Food Truck Fridays of the past month. What they did do was kick things into a bit more active state after dark, claiming an “adult-friendly” atmosphere with live performances and entertainment. While the turnout was low (compared to many of the regular events like the Fall Festival) there was still […]
Worldwide Photowalk 2013
The 6th annual Worldwide Photowalk took me out of the city this year. I felt like I had done enough there with L5P, Centennial Park, and Farlie-Poplar District in the past several years. Instead, I opted for my old college town of Marietta, GA and the peaceful National Cemetery. We walked the grounds of the cemetery, followed by the Marietta Square and Glover Park. I actually didn’t end up with much that I was truly happy with, save for some interesting headstones and structures within the historic park. The square ended up consisting of some headshots and candid scenes of […]
Historic Hotel, Atlanta
A unique opportunity arose recently, allowing a small group of photographers permissioned access to a historic Atlanta hotel. I won’t state the name directly, but it will be quite obvious from the photos which one this is. The building is currently undergoing renovation into a “boutique” hotel, so this was a chance to document what remains of the original rooms after decades of use and abuse. The beds and most furniture had (unfortunately) been removed, but what was left behind was just as interesting. And yes, this is the hotel that contains a strip club in the lower level, but […]
Sky High, Pittsburgh Area
This is a bit of a first here: a gallery completely made up of iPhone images. I could’ve brought my dSLR with me, but I think it would’ve drawn more attention as I walked around this school. Normally an abandonment like this has no meaning, but to me personally it’s quite significant. My mother and her siblings once attended this school, and for a year I was a product of the local school system. I also used to walk the grounds of this school with my grandfather some 30 years ago, so it brought back a lot of memories. It […]
APG Shoot at Goat Farm, May 2013
Having been bit by the model bug, I had to go back to another APG shoot. For what little it costs to cover a decent tip for the models, the experience is well worth it at these events. There’s a bit of socializing, a bit of instruction, but mostly it’s the ability to just shoot and learning for yourself what works and what doesn’t. I was very happy with the outdoor shots at the end of sunset, though we had to cut that short due to a sudden rain shower. The group eventually moved to a covered area and we […]
Storybook School, S. Georgia
There were rumors of an old school so pristine that even taggers and scrappers had not hit it. Where the walls were covered in storybook characters, and the rooms exposed their bones behind the plaster. The only downside was that the location was very much out of town, far enough south that myself and the few other explorers needed to make a day of the trip. Compounding the drive and exploring was the constant rain which ranged from constant misting to complete deluge. Luckily all our gear survived without getting waterlogged, though the same could not be said for our […]
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