Back Alley

Small town back alleys often have bits of character hidden from plain view. I found a few gems on a recent visit to Lawrenceville, GA.  Lighting was flat, but I still dig the textures, colors, and lines.  I’ve been here many times, and it continually evolves as businesses come and go.

162 – Lawrenceville, GA

 

Oyster Bay – Lawrenceville, GA

 

Metered – Lawrenceville, GA

Summer Morning

The simplest of things, like morning light flooding through our kitchen window, can remind us of life’s happy places and the many gifts God provides.

Kitchen Morning

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Isolation #6

Sheltering in place has lifted, and small businesses have begun slowly opening.  Yet still, there is an abundance of caution being taken here in Georgia.  I took a recent rural motorcycle ride and stopped in Monroe, a small town rich with historical character.  There was a buzz with about 1/2 of  downtown businesses open, but many still had doors closed.

I love photographing architecture, and each of these 3 downtown spaces caught my eye while window peeking.  Each has its own character, and the sunny light’s metaphorical return of a brighter day was too fitting.

Alive and Strong

Alive and Strong

Stay Curious

Stay Curious

Welcome In

Welcome In

Isolation #5

Another in the weekly challenge series between Carl and me.  I’ve greatly missed the ability to get out and shoot during this beautiful spring due to Covid-19 shelter in place rules, but these challenges have helped fill the creative void.

Texture

Texture

Posted in: Abstract, Flora, Pandemic by Mark 1 Comment

Isolation #4

That time when you need to create, but sheltering in place limits your ability to leave the house to photograph?  What to do?  Create ways to create.  🙂

My bud Carl and I challenged each other to a given theme for a couple of weeks.  It was a fun challenge!

Lines

Lines

Shadows

Shadows

Posted in: Abstract, Food, Pandemic by Mark 1 Comment

Isolation #3

Pandemic in Blue … part 2 of Saturday’s walk.

Intersection

Intersection – Buford, GA

House of Blues - Buford, GA

House of Blues – Buford, GA

Blues Alley - Buford, GA

Blues Alley – Buford, GA

Room 99 - Buford, GA

Room 99 – Buford, GA

Isolation #2

Shelter in Place had me longing for a walkabout, so my son-in-law Evan met up at a local small town to stretch our legs with camera in tow.  The town is virtually shutdown for the pandemic, being made up of small business.  We honored the 6 foot rule, and we only saw a few passers-by.  Long shadows metaphorically match the long days of “quarantine” and what seems like months of it (only 4-6 weeks in reality, depending on how you count it).  It was great to get a breath of fresh air and trigger the shutter a few times.

Dappled - Buford, GA

Dappled – Buford, GA

Pandemic Days - Buford, GA

Pandemic Days – Buford, GA

Moon over Buford - Buford, GA

Moon over Buford – Buford, GA

Social Distancing - Buford, GA

Social Distancing – Buford, GA

Sitting it Out - Buford, GA

Sitting it Out – Buford, GA

Isolation #1

The Coronavirus pandemic is a global phenomenon with incredibly local implications.  It’s easy to get hyper-focused on the worldwide aspect, the hit on large metropolitan cities, and federal and state government responses.  Let us not forget the blow it is taking on the small business community; those who work their humps off daily, scraping by to fulfill a dream or a passion or hard-earned trade skill.

My parents were small business owners.  Mom owned a flower shop, and prior to that she spent a couple of decades working for a 3 generations of a family with small businesses.  Dad was a partner in a local pharmacy after having worked tens of years for a proprietor, and he always had small side businesses in play, like training hunting dogs, horse trading (literally), selling dog care products, gardening of which he gave most away, and who knows what else.  He was the ORIGINAL “gig economy” guy.  My daughter and son-in-law are each small business entrepreneurs.  So, I have a huge soft spot for small business owners.

While venturing through rural Georgia over the weekend for a breath of fresh air, I was reminded of this over and over.  This little business is a prime example … empty and barren, both the parking lot and the storefront.

By the way, this joint caught my eye for many reasons:  1) the biblical reference in the name,  2) The play on words between the business name and the petroleum brand (upright sign),  3) the stop sign was bonus commentary on the current situation, and  4) the look and feel of the 70’s, back in mom’s and dad’s small business heyday.

I’m praying this all ends soon for the sake of SMB owners and workers stressing over how long they can make ends meet!

Psalm 91:14-16  “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

3:16 #1

3:16 #1

3:16 #2

3:16 #2

Posted in: Faith, Pandemic, Rural, Small Town by Mark 1 Comment

Sun on the Horizon

From the Naples Botanical Gardens.  This segment of a wall of ceramic tiles is a lovely metaphor for the sunny, warm days Kathy and I spent visiting family.  Design is everything!

Mosaic

Mosaic

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High Key

On a recent visit to see my middle brother and my sister-in-law, Kathy and I enjoyed not only the family time, but also lots of sunlight.  Our winter has been extraordinarily gray and wet in Georgia, so this timely dose of sunshine energized us.  They had recently finished a major remodel.  It shows off Larry’s incredible flair for design simplicity and architectural beauty.  I couldn’t resist capturing it and the complimentary flood of sunshine in all their glory.

High Key - Spacious Living

High Key

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Winter Surprise

Meteorologists were forecasting a tiny bit of snow, but surprisingly it turned into 3″-4″ of beautiful winter wonder.  Significant, but short lived (which bodes best for us in the south!).  I couldn’t resist getting out for a quiet walk in the woods at the nearby park.  Textures, forms, and shapes abound with several inches of snow layered on top, not to mention lots of contrast begging for a B&W treatment.

The Fallen

The Fallen

Wooded Winter Wonderland

Wooded Winter Wonderland

Posted in: Landscapes, Rural, Winter by Mark 1 Comment

coda Midtown

I’ve photographed and posted this location multiple times, but it continues to draw me back time and again.  The architectural lines are incredible, but also, east/west walkthrough and structure of the buildings creates so many different lighting situations, depending on time of day and year.  This was taken on a sunny mid-day.

Passers By

Passers By

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