NoDa Adventure

Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016.Sunset light slashes across the facade of the Neighborhood Theatre in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

With three off-days on my plate in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, I set out to find some interesting textures to photograph and enjoy. This was not an easy task up front. For, you see, Charlotte–on the surface–is one of those places that has two things to offer: A squeaky-clean, modern downtown, surrounded by cookie-cutter suburban sprawl. Unless you’re into the glinting, sharp lines of a skyscraper, or the repetitious yellow motif that is parking lot lines at the Wal-Mart, you might be disappointed at the outward lack of parts of town with “character”. Overhearing my plight, a bartender on a previous visit tipped me off to an artsy area of the city known as NoDa, assuring that it would quench my thirst for all things old, rustic, and soul-possessing.

A 20 minute Über ride from my hotel put me at the southwest end of NoDa on North Davidson Street (of which NoDa earns its namesake). As I strolled through the neighborhood in the golden hour light, the textures and color I experienced made me feel like Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol had recently thrown down in a drunken street fight, then came together and hugged it out over craft beers from Heist Brewing (where I too enjoyed several).

Summary: If Guy Rhodes lived in Charlotte, it would probably be in NoDa.

Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Textures in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

 

Posted in Photography, Travel on May 11th, 2016. No Comments.

David Sudler’s Chicago Igloo

001_igloochicago_010716David Sudler of Chicago works to fill the gaps between blocks of ice on the igloo he constructed on a median on Wacker Dr. at Columbus Dr. in downtown Chicago, early Thursday, January 7, 2016. Sudler, who resides in a high-rise near the intersection, is a retired boilermaker.

The Chicago media was abuzz today with an unusual tale of an igloo that seemingly sprouted up out of nowhere on a median on Wacker Drive. While it was first thought to have been constructed by a homeless person, it turned out that a retired boilermaker and local resident, David Sudler, was the craftsman of the wintery abode. Always a fan of the odd and out-of-place, I decided to take a quick drive up to the city and see / photograph the igloo for myself.

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Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Thoughts On Life on January 7th, 2016. No Comments.

A New Understanding: 2015 Retrospective

01_guypoy2015_122915Mammatus clouds in the sky over St. Nicholas Church in East Chicago, Ind., following a thunderstorm, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mammatus clouds are formed by cool air sinking rapidly from the upper atmosphere.

For the past several years, whenever I’ve sat down to begin selecting my favorite images for this year-end blog, I’ve gotten an overwhelming feeling of worry. I’ve always second-guessed whether I’ve shot enough things throughout the year that stand out enough to be featured together in a best-of collection. Typically, my worries go unfounded, and I’m left struggling to narrow down 50 or more of my favorite images to a palatable selection.

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Floating Aloft

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Sergeant Chris Clark (right) and Sergeant First Class Teigh Statler with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team jump from the team’s Fokker C-31A aircraft over Lake Michigan during their performance in the 2015 Gary Air Show in Gary, Ind., Saturday, July 11, 2015.

As the U.S. Army Golden Knight’s Fokker C-31A aircraft became light on its wheels and floated aloft from runway 12 at the Gary Chicago Airport, the team of skilled aerial performers seated ahead of me in the plane performed their ritual of donning their helmets in unison. It’s a ritual I’ve had the privilege of photographing each year since 2006 that the team has performed in Gary, Indiana, and I was thrilled to be back in the air for another opportunity. While theatrical lighting work this weekend prevented me from photographing and enjoying the air show as thoroughly as I typically would have, I was thankful to have a small portion of my schedule free to cover one of the Golden Knights’ morning jumps in this year’s 2015 Gary Air Show.

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Posted in Aviation, Photography, Photojournalism on July 12th, 2015. No Comments.