I was casually looking through Facebook events and I ran across an alley party being put on by My HQ for the Red Ball Project. I was in the area and I wanted to put my new 16mm lens to the test, so I stopped by. 

Firstly, it was a little chilly, but it was an absolutely gorgeous evening in Downtown Memphis. Memphis really has some of the best scenery around. I just love my big ole town!

Ok back on topic, I finally ended up at Local Gastropub and saw no Red Ball. I was a bit disappointed until my bartender pointed me in the direction of the end of the Barboro Alley.

There it was, in all it's glory, wedged between two buildings! It really was a big red ball lol. Lots of Memphians flocked to this traveling art exhibit just to get pictures either of the ball or with the ball. I'm all for doing what the Romans do, so I joined in on the sweet action! Check out redballproject.com for more info on the artist behind the Red Ball, Kurt Perschke! 

I went back to the party, which had a nice sized crowd, and enjoyed a game of corn hole and ping pong. By the way, I'm not particularly good at either but I do enjoy both. 

Somewhere along the way, I was challenged to a sliding contest. Ok I have to be honest, I saw some kids sliding down a makeshift slide and they were having a blast and I got jealous of being a grown up! That's basically a gentleman's challenge, right? 

Well things started out great, but then crashed and burned because I didn't make it all the way down the slide..I was defeated. I lost the battle but not the war!

This kid was the coolest!!


I had a great time at the Alley Party. The DJ was amazing! Look up DJ Alex Turley!! That guy was a magician on the tables and took the crowd from a Tribe Called Quest to Prince and back to the old school summer classics! Keeping a very mixed aged crowd grooving isn't an easy undertaking, but he pulled it off famously.

And the crowd was great. Very friendly, like most downtowners tend to be. Local Gastropub had drink specials going, Amurica was onsite to take some great prop-centric photos, and there was local art displayed by Ted Domek. It was a good time overall. 

I didn't want to leave, but it was time to head back to the crib. Not before I took some great shots downtown. I would have to say this new Sony 16mm pancake lens did a great job capturing the Alley Party. Can't wait to get my 19mm tomorrow to do a full comparison of the 2! I've become such the shutterbug lately! 

Check out all the cool things about My HQ at myhqisdowntown.com. They have some upcoming events and they are really pushing to make not only downtown great, but Memphis as well!! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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