Thursday, September 21, 2017

The United States Women's National Team's Fourth Appearance in Cincinnati

If FC Cincinnati hasn't been enough of a statement that soccer has arrived in the Queen City, then perhaps Tuesday night was. Previously in 2004 and 2008, the US Women’s National Team played to modest crowds downtown at Paul Brown Stadium. Even before those matches, they played to a mere 1,100 at Galbreath Field in 1993, a venue that was hardly a soccer facility and eventually abandoned. On September 19, 2017, they played in a stadium that's already known its fair share of large scale soccer events in just under two years. However, that night’s crowd was rallied around an incredible team and the nation it represents rather than the local club for a night. In their fourth appearance in Cincinnati, the USWNT was cheered on by 30,000+ fans.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

71X Views

Recently saw an Instagram post by Wes (@battophoto) showcasing a series of photographs he made while traveling between San Jose and Sacramento on Amtrak. It's a really interesting collection, highlighting the unique perspectives seen while traveling via train. While I've done something somewhat similar with the streetcar and have enjoyed Cincinnati's only Amtrak route before, I didn't have a few days to wait for the non-daily rail service to loop back from Chicago to Cincy. I did, however, need to go get my car out of the shop. So I hopped on Metro's Kings Island Express to get to the Kings Automall, bucking my usual local bus ride that's much shorter and while taking some inspiration from Wes' great work.

Seen here are some views from the 71X which loops through downtown, up to Kings Island, and then takes local roads to Fields-Ertel, transitioning from urban to suburban via the highway and is capped by two very different environments.

Thanks for the inspiration, Wes!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Abandoned Railroad Trestles of Ault Park and Their Future

Over the years, people have casually mentioned the railroad bridge towering over Red Bank Rd. as a suggestion of another abandoned location to photograph. Sometimes, they’d also recommend the “hidden” one, another forgotten trestle in the woods, just west of the big one. I’ve seen that one often photographed before. It frequently shows up on social media, the backdrop to stereotypical senior photos or fake candid images paired with sappy quotes. There’s usually a teenager walking along where the tracks used to run, caught in some counterfeit whimsy while wandering in the woods, their own personal recreation of the comping-of-age film “Stand By Me.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Frames from Sunday September 10, 2017

The corner of 4th/Vine in Downtown Cincinnati and Scott/4th in Covington. Trying to chase some light on a Sunday evening and looking back into street photography while wandering on the bike. Felt like the only people around were either going to/at the riverfront park or disappointed, drunken Bengals fans wallowing about.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kentucky Kingdom: Six Years Later | Part 2

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom had a reputation and eventually the gates closed, the carousel stopped playing music, and the roar of roller coasters were silenced. After having the opportunity to see it abandoned a few years ago, I decided to go back and compare after park underwent a highly acclaimed rebirth. After taking all of that in for Part 1 of this series, I decided to visit an amusement park as a guest. The first time I'd done so in nearly ten years.