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. 

Disclaimer: All photos taken belong to one901 and can not be used in any way without consent.  

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.  

Trappin out the Bando

       I love exploring. The thrill of finding a hidden gem coupled with the fear of finding a pack of crazed dogs or zombies is exhilarating. I've never ran into a zombie, but I've run across some very interesting people just hanging out in random abandoned places. 

          Which brings me to my latest adventure. I was on a photoshoot when I decided to do a little exploring to find some unique shots. What I found was a bando. Unfamiliar with the lingo? Well, its an abandoned building basically. These are hit or miss because sometimes homeless people occupy these spaces and sometimes don't take kindly to people intruding on their turf.  

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photo cred: @zaahirarihel

photo cred: @zaahirarihel

        This home was located under a bridge and covered in all sides by trees and shrubs. Of course I can't give the actual location out. Seeing how there was no front door, anything could have been inside. Luckily it was daylight out or I might not have gone in. 

photo credit: @zaairarihel

photo credit: @zaairarihel

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        Everything was pretty quiet inside. There was an overturned recliner and empty cigarettes packs everywhere. Ironically there was a city notice that anyone that enters must sign in. The last signature was in 2012. Someone or multiple people had been living there. I confirmed that as I went I to the only bedroom in the home. 

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          After a while we started hearing noises. No I didn't go alone. You never know when you might need backup in a bare knuckle street fight. I grew up in South Memphis, so I know not to adventure alone. I definitely want to go back and do a shoot there. It would also be a dope spot for a rap video. I'm just saying. What adventures have you been on? Any hidden spots you want to share? 

 

Technical info:  

Camera: Sony a7M2  

Lens: Sony FE 28mm F2

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Photo credit: @zaahirarihel

Photo credit: @zaahirarihel

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. 

Brief Time on Beale

         After seeing The Break Up Show on last Saturday, I figured I would take a few pictures on Beale Street. Little did I know that my battery was dying in my camera. So I didn't make it all the way up Beale. So here's a quick few shots on the East side of Beale Street.  

New Daisy

New Daisy

The Tinroof

The Tinroof

Where the drinks are cold and strong  

Where the drinks are cold and strong  

The Patron Saint of Beale Street  

The Patron Saint of Beale Street  

Other than these rules, everything goes  

Other than these rules, everything goes  

Watchful Eye

Watchful Eye

       And this is where my battery decided to go to the Pearly Gates. Sucks because the real party was on the other end.  

 

          All photos taken with a Sony a7ii with Sony FE 28mm f/2 lens. Edited in Capture One Pro. All photos are copyrighted.  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.