In what has become a New Years Day tradition some of us get together and go out to shoot in the local area. This year we went to Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. There is so much history in the place and everywhere you look you see the names that are tied to the city and area. This is the very first photo I took and it is the first one in 2020.
The culmination of Artica is the Burn of our Lady Artica. It was quite an experience along the riverfront in St. Louis, by the old Cotton Belt Depot. This yearly event is now definitely on my calendar.
One of my favourite times of the year for photography is Paint Louis. It is usually held on Labor Day weekend and graffiti artists from all over come in to paint the flood wall south of the Arch grounds. Though there have been some issues over the years with illegal art going up in the city during the event the city is tolerant of the event at the wall. This first image is done by my friend Norm4eva. She is an amazing artist and I am so inspired by her work. More of her work can be seen on her Instagram account. Norm4eva on Instagram
More images from Paint Louis 2019 can be seen at my Flickr page.
Paint Louis 2019 on Flickr
Really loved this scene when I saw it, and it worked much better in black and white.
This staircase still has some beauty left in it. So sad to go into these old churches and see them falling into disrepair. No one has the money to keep them up and eventually they’ll be gone forever.
Some friends and I went down to the Mississippi River in front of the Arch Saturday to get some photos of the river as it crested in the current flood. While not at the 1993 level it is the second highest level on record. This shot of the Lewis and Clark statue sums it up pretty well; the river is high!
The understatement of the year. This is from Alton Illinois, taken on the 1st of June. The red line is the height of the water in the record flooding of 1993. As of today the waters of the Mississippi have exceeded the 2nd highest level on record and are expected to peak at 39.2 feet, which will be short of the 1993 level of 42.7 feet but bad enough for everyone living and working along the river. It will take a long time for the waters to come down, and for the area to recover.
Nothing like being in an abandoned church playing with my plague doctor costume.
On the latest outing with Photoflood STL we visited the Greater Ville neighborhood in St. Louis. This shot with Waffles is at the Chuck Berry house. The man lived here for quite a few years but much like the rest of the neighborhood it is in sad shape. There is so much potential in this area of the city but white flight and a lack of imagination and money will leave the area in disrepair.