Last Friday I photographed someone moving into The 800 Building on Fourth Street using the app-based service Bellhops for a Courier-Journal assignment. I told the client (who was moving here from Chicago) about the glory days of The 800 when I moved there in the early 2000s.
There was a doorman in uniform at the front door at all times to greet residents and guests and buzz them in – and residents could use a cable channel to see who was at the door. To park, you pulled into the entrance and left the car running, and a valet would get in and park your car for you. When you were ready to leave, you’d page the valet with your apartment number and your car would be sitting there waiting for you. It was a cool place until a series of sales and management changes stripped away the doorman and valet services. When I left my 11th floor corner apartment on the northeast corner with a balcony above Fourth Street, a company had bought The 800 to convert it into condos, which never happened.
I’ll never forget flying balsa wood gliders off that balcony one night long ago …
See the story by Grace Schneider in the Courier-Journal, “Phone app connects muscle for quick moving”
Monday morning I was asked to go out and photograph people working in the cold. It was in the mid-twenties. So I went out feature hunting and shot seven situations and moved ’em! I was surprised to see that two photos made the cover with a story by Staff Writer Sheldon Shafer, “More Snow Tuesday, Then Back To The 50s”
Here’s my take of workers in the cold:
Sunday I shot the “A Taste of Independents” Apron, Inc. fundraiser at The Olmsted for The Courier-Journal. It appeared in Monday’s print edition on the Metro section cover.
Normally, I don’t taste – I’m there to shoot, and it’s not easy. I’m looking for candid situations in a crowded, visually cluttered space in a limited amount of time. I don’t have hands free to carry food and drink around.
But I broke my rule! I tried Varanese’s Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop Topped with Apple-Bacon Chutney. It was so good. And, I was just standing there by the table for Ward 426, so I tried their Bacon Wrapped Chorizo-stuffed Dates in a Tomato Barbecue Sauce with Judy Schad Goat Cheese. My God. I had to get out of there! On my way out, I passed Chef Dean Corbett, owner of Corbett’s and Equus & Jack’s Lounge, talking with award-winning photographer Dan Dry. They were about to part, but seeing that I was about to photograph them, it seemed that Dan paused just long enough for me to frame and shoot … Candid enough!
See my photos and text at The Courier-Journal.com: Foodies enjoy fundraiser for independent eateries
Mindfulness training being taught to Jefferson County Public School teachers as “Compassion Classes” as part of a pilot program with the University of Virginia. See the story in The Courier-Journal: JCPS project to teach compassion classes Here’s my take from the class:
On the Sunday, June 15 Metro section cover in The Courier-Journal:
I shot it and wrote it. See the gallery here:
“Repair Affair volunteers clean, fix homes around city”
A recollection of past graduations as I send off a quote to shoot one at a very cool school…
This is from my 1999 portfolio, titled Salem Graduate, 1999. That’s all I know right off, without digging through boxes of film for a caption sheet from way back then when I was doing these for The Courier–Journal Neighborhoods section, or in this case, The Indiana Weekly. Pre-digital, pre-metadata.