New Orleans

Time once again for our annual trip to New Orleans in September. Soon after I book the hotel and it hits me we are going I have a hard time concentrating on anything in the months that follow because my mind is already in New Orleans. Definitely my favorite city to visit and on my short list of places to move. Although I’m not sure you should live in one of your favorite places. Might be taken for granted eventually.

Anyway on to the photos. These are going to be Second Line heavy but its my absolute favorite thing about the city. Also be sure to check in after the photos as I list and talk a little bit about some of our favorite places we went to during the trip.

BTW we saw Beyonce and Jay-Z on the OTR II tour. Was as amazing as you would think it would be. 

Here is a list of some of my favorite go-to places in New Orleans.

  • Spitfire Coffee - best coffee shop in the city IMO. One of my favorite things to do was get up and walk through the FQ early in the morning and get a Flat White here

  • Ace Hotel - everything in here is amazing. Go to the rooftop after being out all day in the hot humid New Orleans air. Go to Josephine & Estelle’s for good food and drinks. Stumptown is in here for coffee

  • Cochon Butcher - had the best BBQ Pulled-Pork Sandwich I have ever had here. Sorry Memphis!

  • Three Muses - Frenchmen street is a much better alternative to the French Quarter. Places are pretty packed but we were lucky and got a spot at the back of the bar and drank and listened to music all night. Was happy to go here after hearing about them on WWOZ all the time

  • Dat Dog - before or after Frenchmen stop in here for an awesome hot dog

  • Who Dat Coffee - in the Bywater, boozy coffee

  • LOA Bar - perfect spot for a last drink before bed. I have been here every time I’m in town and will go for as long as its open

  • Avenue Pub - favorite bar in the Garden District. We were here during a Saints game and while I don’t like football that much it was fun to watch the game and root for the Saints with the locals

  • Hot Tin Roof Bar - place was kinda fratty/amateur hour (drunks) but its got a great view of the city and good cocktails

  • District Donuts Sliders Brew - always our last stop before leaving town. Decent coffee and awesome donuts

East Tennessee

Spent the weekend in Chattanooga but most of the photos I took were of the beautiful surroundings outside the city. Be sure to stick around after the photos where I talk about some of our favorite places we went to this past weekend.

Some of my favorite places in Chattanooga

  • Alleia - italian dining in a cool art gallery type space

  • Matilda Midnight - diner style bar, cool ambiance in The Dwell hotel

  • Beast + Barrel - good beer, breakfast food was crazy good, make your own mimosa bar

  • Boathouse - ok food but sitting on the outside deck next to the river enjoying the view and breeze made this one of my favorites

  • OddStory Brewing - my favorite brewery of the trip. Reminded me of Wiseacre back here in Memphis

  • Velo Coffee Roasters - ‘hipster’ coffee spot that made an excellent Flat White. Believe me finding good coffee is important and places like these always have the best.

New Memphis Wallpaper

One of the things I want to start doing more of is providing wallpapers for everyone's phones and desktops. So I'm starting with this:

The desktop wallpaper 2560x1438 which should fit most 16x9 desktop computer monitors. iPhone versions should fit all phones and even Android phones. Links are below:

Desktop iPhone iPad

Memphis Pride Parade 2017

I always miss the Pride Parade on Beale Street every year due to work but this year I was off so I went down and did the Slow Memphis thing.

What a wonderful event. So much joy and positivity in the parade and I was surprised about the number of corporations and churches that support the LGBT community here in Memphis. The parade was also much bigger than I expected. According to my GoPro it lasted right at 30 minutes. Which means over an hour of Slow Memphis footage!

Enjoy!

 

The American Queen

Another Slow Memphis today. What I love about this project is pretty much everything is fair game for slow-motion video. I don't have to do an aerial shot of downtown or walk through a crowd at a festival every time. I can do a 15 minute shot of a glorious riverboat docked just a few blocks from work. And this is what I have today:

 

Slow Memphis

I've been shooting a lot of drone and stabilized footage over the past few years and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. So I've started a new YouTube channel called Slow Memphis. What is consists of are long, slow motion videos of Memphis landmarks, skylines, trails, etc. Some of the videos can be up to 2 hours long so these are great for leaving on in the background on your tv or computer while you do other things.

If you like what you see please consider subscribing to the channel. I am trying to update it weekly so subscribing is a great way to keep up to date with the latest videos.

Slow Memphis

Messing Around with the Ricoh GR II

In my never-ending quest for the perfect film camera I recently came across the Ricoh GR II. Since it has the same focal length (28mm) as one of my Fuji prime lenses I decided to sell that lens and bought a used Ricoh GR II. I've been very impressed with this camera and its size & weight (it fits in your pocket) fill the need of a camera I can take with me everywhere. Here are a few shots I took while walking around downtown Memphis. So far so good!

 

Memphis vs. Nashville

Regardless of how you feel about the Memphis vs. Nashville debate you can agree that they both look great from the air. Speaking of that debate, I'm over it. I love Memphis of course but always have fun exploring and doing new things in Nashville.

April 4th, 1968

As a Memphian its hard to not go a day without thinking about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Not only destroyed a great man but a great city as well. And Memphis is still trying to recover from that moment 49 years ago today.

Exploring Crosstown

Had some free time on Monday so I took advantage of the nice weather and headed down there. Originally I had planned on just going down on Cleveland and just taking a few photos of some new murals and maybe the outside of the Crosstown Concourse. As I was walking by the Concourse I decided to poke my head in the lobby. Man was I BLOWN AWAY. I underestimated the enormity of the Crosstown project by a mile. Inside it looked like some kind of futuristic city and one of the largest construction projects I have ever seen. Photos from walking around Crosstown Arts and the Concourse itself are below. FYI I usually just post a paragraph of words here then show all the photos. This time I've written a few things about some of the photos so make sure to scroll down so you don't miss anything.

This I Love Memphis mural is hidden from the main street so I always forget this one is here. Definitely one of my favorites along with the one that is outside Memphis Made.I love the Glitter & Glamour building on Cleveland. Something about the sign and the corner location that speaks to me.This mural is by Brandon Marshall, one of my favorite artists in the city. This mural memorializes Brandon's friend and artist Ronnie "BETOR" Bobal who passed away recently.Why I always try to get in an alley or look behind a building when exploring. Usually something hidden in plain sight. Plus a nice view of the Crosstown Concourse.

I often obsess over every detail in a photo so when I saw the truck that said WE LOVE OUR JOB! coming I had to get a photo of the building and the truck.The first thing you see when you walk into the Concourse's apartment area. I just stood here for a few moments in awe. You really have to see it to appreciate the scale. To me it looked like some kind of futuristic sci-fi movie set.Atrium staircase. Again you have to see it to believe it.Set my camera on the floor and used a timer to get this one. Shooting wide and low is a great way to really get the scale of a place.

You made it to the end! Congrats. Love how the parking garage has the word YOURS on it. I went up to the top of the garage. It was huge and a pretty decent view of the building is up there.

International Blues Challenge Finals

After a week of shooting tons of great blues acts up and down Beale Street it was finally time for the finals. You could not ask for a better venue than The Orpheum for the grand finale. Lighting for photography on Beale Street clubs (and Memphis venues in general) is always a mixed bag so I was happy to finally have some good light in which to photograph. I didn't get to stay for the whole show (Dawn Tyler Watson won the whole thing) but the acts I did get to photograph were amazing. Bands photographed are (in order): The Souliz Band featuring Sugar and Spice (2nd Place Band), Al Hill (1st Place Solo/Duo), SOBO Blues Band, Wes Lee, Johnny Pink and the Intrusion, Sugar Brown

Interntional Blues Challenge Update

I've spent the past couple of days shooting the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street and what a pleasure its been. If you have never gone before (like me) the $10 for the wristband is so worth it. I feel like a bad Memphian for not having gone all these years. As always here are some of my favorite photos and acts from the past few days.  

Memphis We Belong Here March

I really regretted not being at the Women's March here in Memphis a few weeks ago so I was glad to be able to take part in the Memphis We Belong Here March. The whole march was very peaceful as we walked from Clayborn Temple to the National Civil Rights Museum. It was my first march in Memphis and I am sure not the last.