New Orleans Architecture

I recently made a visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While the partying was insane, I wanted to do a bit more while in the Big Easy. So I took to the streets with my newly purchased Samyung/Rokinon 35mm F1.4 AF lens paired with my Sony a7ii camera. Before I go any further, I want to say this lens is an absolute beast and I'm so in love with the 35mm focal length.  

Ok I've gotten that out the way. I've been to Mardi Gras numerous times, but it's only been to party and come right back home. Seeing how I had a brand new lens, I decided to explore downtown New Orleans a bit. I quickly found out this city's architecture is simply amazing. Take a look at these images I captured. 

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I loved every minute of my urban exploration. I wish I had more time because everywhere I went in the city, I ran into someone that was extremely nice and talkative. I definitely plan to go back when there's less Mardi Gras action. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Urban Exploration in Downtown Memphis

Urban exploration, urbex, has become my therapy of choice lately. Just me, my camera, the city streets and my thoughts. I live a very busy life and I rarely take time for myself to unwind, so wandering around alleys and rooftops has become my outlet.  My mom always told me to stay out the streets, but I always end up back in them exploring. I guess I never listened. 

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Had to get the legal ish out the way! Here's a photo tour of my adventure.

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

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All the way up! 

All the way up! 

Views of the Exchange Building. This was the very first rooftop I've ever been on. July of 2016. I just bought my camera and went to a photographer meet up. Best choice I made even though I was scared to death! God the photos from that day are terrible! Lol. Thank goodness for progression! 

Memphis it's an extremely beautiful city that really shines when you have the time to take in the details. Of course it looks boring from 240. You have to get out and get lost before you start to see the little things.   

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

In all the times I've been in downtown Memphis, I've never in my life gone to City Hall. Ever! I kinda knew where it was, but never actual been close to the building. It definitely looks like it was built in the 60s or 70s. A refresh would be cool. Maybe with some cool exterior lighting. 

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Front St traffic

Front St traffic

A quick stop by the Peanut Shoppe always brings back memories of my grandmother. She would ride the bus to Easy Way on Main and we would always stop by the Peanut Shoppe. My dad would also take me there each time we were downtown and buy us rock candy. Great great memories. 

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

By this time I was hungry and lost in thoughts. What was I thinking? I honestly don't remember but it was more than likely about my life in general. This is where I put the camera down and just enjoyed the day. Can't always snap pics. 

So what did I learn on this day? Always look both ways before crossing the street. I was almost hit a couple times.  

RIP Eric   

RIP Eric   

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Maddy goes to the Library

           Yes that's a terribly cheesy title, but it totally goes with this post so deal with it! Lol. Moving along, I took Maddy to the library! I have to admit I haven't been to the library in years. When I was a kid, I spent almost every day there. I grew up with 4 sisters so books were always my friend and the library was my escape from a house full of women.  

         Sorry I ramble at times. 

        So Maddy tells me she wants to go to the library to get a book and I was so excited! She wants to read! She's been reading everything in sight for a while now, but the library is a completely different animal! I definitely want her absorb more from books than TV. 

Disclaimer: All photos taken with iPhone 7  

 

Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

          First thing first, this library is freaking impressive! I'm not sure how long it's been open but it's very modern. I have a thing for glass and it certainly has plenty of it. Oh btw, it's also my first trip to this library. I found out this was not Maddy's first trip, so shout out to her mom for taking her first!

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         This structure is an architect's dream! Love the staircase and exposed elevator in the main lobby. Check out all that tempered glass!! 

She's officially a card carrying reader! 

She's officially a card carrying reader! 

       The process of getting a library card was really simple and straightforward.  Just show ID, fill out some paperwork and magically you are given a library card. They ran my library history to see if I had any outstanding balances. They didn't catch that I never returned Charlotte's Web from 4th grade! Yeah I'm a bit of a gangsta.

Pro tip: The library cards are free to all Memphis and Shelby County residents. 

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          I asked Maddy what book she had in mind and she said she didn't know. Luckily for me she found something quickly and spared my afternoon of waiting on her to find a book. She was so excited about her book and started reading as soon as we got in the car. 

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         I enjoyed our little adventure to the library. Mainly because she was so excited she was about reading and wanting the responsibility of holding her own library card. Any break from the iPad and Disney Channel is always a great thing to encourage as well. Maddy's mother and I are trying to teach her to be a bit more responsible and I hope she really does take care of the book she got.  The real test is seeing if the book will actually be returned on July 15th! 

Go check out the library's webpage at www.memphislibrary.org for more info about libraries close to you and all the great summer things they have for students to do. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

The Moody Side of Memphis

          Every now and then I like to get lost in Memphis and explore. I normally find some off the wall things that I've never seen before, but there are times you run into a pack of ferrel cats that don't appreciate you disturbing their home. It's a toss up. It's an adventure. 

         This was no different. I decided to get lost in downtown Memphis. Not the typical Main Street area, but the back alleys of downtown Memphis. There was so much to see! Here's what I got! I edited these a little darker than normal for a "moody" look. I think they came out amazing!!

          So that was my day getting lost. I believe I was only downtown about an hour when I took these. I walk pretty fast. Where do you like to explore? Any areas you would recommend for me to explore? Drop a comment and let me know how you like the images. Full res are available for sale! They will be in the store shortly. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

A Tour of Crosstown Concourse

          I recently got the chance to do something I've been dying to do, tour the upcoming Crosstown Crossing. If you're not familiar with this huge redevelopment project, then you're missing out on something amazing. The one Sears building is being transformed into an urban and creative utopia. There will be residential spaces, restaurants, creative classes, at last and even a brewery. Definitely something to check out when it opened in the fall. 

           My tour guide was the amazing Jamie Harmon, owner of Amurica. Jamie happens to be over of my favorite photographers and also a very cool dude. 

Jamie Harmon

Jamie Harmon

        I was armed with my trusty Sony a7ii with an adapted Canon FD 28mm and the absolute worst shoes for exploring lol. Heres what I was able to capture. 

The ride over!  

The ride over!  

         Crosstown Concourse is scheduled to be finished in the fall of this year, but the main atrium is open to the public without a hard hat. The apartments are also ready to move in as well. They have about 20% of the units remaining. This will also be the home of Crosstown Brewing Co as well. They are scheduled to start construction soon to begin brewing beer with a taproom soon to follow. 

         Go explore Crosstown Concourse. It's truly amazing what they have done with such an old building. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

Milwaukee in Photos (part uno)

I'm in Milwaukee this week and I'm impressed by the visuals of this city. I have my handy dandy mirrorless camera  in hand and I'm going to take you on a photo tour of Milwaukee! 

Part uno 

Landing in Milwaukee

Landing in Milwaukee

That flight in was amazing! I swore we flew over Lake Michigan for about an hour! How is that considered a lake!

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Walking around Milwaukee's Third Ward was great! I got there sort of late but I still managed to get some decent shots.

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So far I'm impressed with Milwaukee. I have noticed that my Southern tradition of speaking to people you pass on the street isn't well received here. I get some funny looks but some speak back. Makes me miss Memphis. 

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Next up will be my trip to Lakefront Brewery, Wisconsin's third largest craft brewer.

Life is for Living,

Michael B.

Main Street in f8

Ok it's no secret that I have a deep love for Main Street. Its probably my favorite place in Memphis. It's the calm in the middle of fast paced downtown. A place to truly unwind while taking a stroll. 

All photos taken with my Sony a5100 with Sigma 19mm in f8.  

Main St  

Main St  

I had some time before Maddy got out of camp, so I decided to just take a little walk to relax. While it was a nice walk, it was also also very warm and humid! 

Halloran Centre

Halloran Centre

My walk started in front of the new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. This building is simply beautiful! I love the curved tinted glass front. 

MLGW  

MLGW  

The next building was the MLGW Building right across the street.  

This looks really cool!  

This looks really cool!  

By this time I had worked up a little appetite so I decided to stop by Maciels for a taco. This one one of my favorite places for lunch and I adore the garlic shrimp taco! 

Garlic shrimp and Pastor tacos

Garlic shrimp and Pastor tacos

Love this building! 

Love this building! 

I don't know the history behind this building but I do know that I love the architecture. The heat was getting to me and I decided this was a great time for a quick drink. 

The Shandy

The Shandy

I know this will sound weird but I'm a big fan of this shandy concoction that a friend told me about a while back. It's basically PBR mixed with Sprite and it's delicious! Trust me, just try it. Get a half glass of Sprite and top with PBR. It's kinda sweet and bitter, but refreshing on a hot day.  

The Orpheum  

The Orpheum  

The heat was starting to get to me and the storm clouds started rolling in, so it was the perfect time to leave. I wish I had known the The Wizard of Oz was playing at the Orpheum that night. That will be another field trip for Maddy and I later in the week. 

 

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.