Was in St. Louis last week for work. On my morning ride the fog rolled in and I was lucky to get this shot of some people going out in the boat. A few seconds later they were gone. Full resolution version of this is here.
I love trains and I love the artwork, graffiti, whatever you call it that is also displayed on the sides of trains. To me its a moving art gallery of many different styles. Styles that I will probably never see again. So whenever I see a train come by (often while I am having a beer at Wiseacre) I grab my camera and go see what is coming my way.
So I was in my car going down Broad Avenue when I was stopped by a train. This happens all the time and I actually enjoy when it happens. So instead of like most people trying to find a quick way around the train I happily pull out my camera and see what today's train brings me. There was the usual mix of gang tags, sloppily written curse words and one or two decent characters drawn on some train cars.
It was here I first noticed one of my favorite people Nosey had tagged the railway crossing blocker thingy. Then I noticed Vini's awesome Jerry Lawler sticker right next to it. So I took a shot of those with the train in the back ground with my 135mm lens. Then I thought "well it would be cool if there was something on one of the trains that would make the Jerry Lawler sticker more relevant." Sure enough about 3 boxcars down I saw some lettering that spelled "King" and presto you get the image seen above. Serendipity had struck!
So next time you are at the train tracks take a break and look at some cool artwork going by. Look closer and you might see something you might not have noticed before.
I don't know if it was due from boredom with my current state of photography or wanting to try something new but for the last few months I've been pretty obsessed with shooting film. I love shooting with rangefinder style digital cameras like my Fuji XPRO2 and Fuji X-E2 so I figured buying that style but in film camera would be a logical first step. So I bought a Canon Canonet QLIII and took it from there. Below are some photos I've recently had developed and scanned. While I am mostly pleased with the results, shooting film is pretty hard (especially on a manual everything 1973 film camera) so I think I can do better in the years to come.
Take a look:
Last April I was fortunate to be part of the camera crew for Craig Brewer's short film Of Memphis. This video was to promote how awesome our Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is. Also since he is a free agent there is hope that this will help him make up his mind. I had a little time to take some photos behind the scenes.
Whenever I go to a new city I always find out where the Mural District is in town. Here in Dallas it is Deep Ellum. I always like these areas not only because of the murals but there are always good places to drink coffee, beer and eat around. And Deep Ellum has plenty. Enjoy!
Wiseacre Brewing already had a very cool mural that I called Southern Devastators up for some time. Now the same artist Nosey42 has put up a new collaboration with Birdcap celebrating the storied history of Memphis wrestling. It features Jerry "The King" Lawler vs Andre The Giant. Andy Kaufman and the Mid-South Coliseum are thrown in as good measure. It is my understanding that these murals will be rotated out once a year or so so you will have plenty of time to come check it out. As always you can check out more Memphis street art at my Memphis Street Art Page on Flickr.
It had been a few weeks so I had been looking forward to shooting Able and he did not disappoint. Smart, sweet & somewhat goofy--Able, Megan and I hit it off immediately. He even posed for a few behind the scenes shots! We got some great stuff as he enjoyed walking along the river, sitting on park benches & giving us a few smiles. Able is available for long-term foster or adoption from Streetdog Foundation. You can view his gallery and other Streetdog's that we have shot over at my page.
The Puppy Stork dropped off Murray 8 days ago and it has been a blast ever since. We've had mostly ups and very little downs and its been cool seeing him experience new things in his week with us. Here are some of my favorite photos of Murray in the past week. Please forgive some of the out of focus shots, my Fuji does not have the best autofocus for following puppies around.
Clare is a loving single mom that is available for adoption at Streetdog. She successfully raised 8 beautiful pups and now enjoys the quiet life since her babies have all found wonderful homes. She is sweet and had no problems being in front of the camera almost instantly. For me Clare is the perfect dog. She doesn't bark and is pretty indifferent to other dogs on her walks (she is great on a leash) which is a big plus in my book. However she does love playing with other dogs, especially ex-Streetdog Weezer.