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.
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.
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.
Here is a shot of the Grand Avenue and Bissell Water towers in north St. Louis. The Grand Avenue tower (closest in the photo) is the tallest free-standing Corinthian column in the world. It and the Bissell are standpipe water towers. Only seven of these water towers remain standing in the United States, three of which are in St. Louis. The third is the Compton Hill tower. They are beautiful structures and hopefully the city finds a way to preserve them.
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.
It was a very foggy Sunday morning and my friend Ann asked if I wanted to go shoot along the waterfront in St. Louis. Of course I did so we met up at the flood wall. As we walked along the river in front of the Arch we looked up the steps to see what the scene looked like. The fog was so thick we couldn’t see the top of the Arch but there were people running along the top of the stairs. The fog blanked out the background and I was able to get this shot of the lone runner. Since it was so foggy it made the shot practically black and white anyway so the conversion was easy.