Thursday, May 21, 2020

Death of The Dennison

Back in 2016, I published a story about the Dennison Hotel building—an historic building in an historic district of Downtown Cincinnati. That piece laid out the argument that “some things are worth saving,” that this seemingly derelict structure had value and should be preserved for future use. A legal battle ensued that argued between preservation and demolition, but destruction ultimately prevailed.

The Dennison would be erased from the urban landscape just like so many other historic buildings in this city (and on that block in particular) over the years. Gone with the red brick (and architectural details designed by a local legend) would also be several fading advertisements, or "ghost signs," that had become downtown landmarks.

For a time, I worked one block over and would walk or bike by the building almost every day. I could even look down on the destruction from up in the office. I started documenting the building’s death and over the course of several months, it was gone. 

Due to the way the QC/D web platform is structured (coming up on 13 years), it’s not really feasible to post all of the photographs here. However, my portfolio website works a little bit better. Over there, you can witness how the building’s demise unfolded, what exists there today, and get the full story.


Friday, May 15, 2020

[35mm Ohio] Covid-19 and Kodak 400

If you’re a regular follower of this site, some of these frames may seem familiar. I documented my experience with the COVID-19 Pandemic back on March 30th. A month and a half later, I’ve started writing and stopped writing this particular post here several times. I think, for now, I’m content to let the previous words stand on their own. Here, it’s just Kodak 400 shot through a Pentax K1000. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

[35mm Ohio] Wilmington, Waterloo, Waterfront, and the Tri-C Campus District Station

Photographs made with a Pentax K1000 and Canon AF35MMII loaded with Kodak Ultramax 400.

Friday, May 8, 2020

From the Archives: the Cincinnati Skywalk in December 2008

I recently posed a question on Twitter: “If you could time travel to any location/point in history, where and when would you travel to?” The answers ranged from the first moon landing to meeting Jesus Christ, the Wright Brothers’ first flight, killing Hitler, the Treaty of Versailles, and sports championships. Among the thoughtful responses, though, not a single soul (despite my hint) said that they’d travel to the Cincinnati Skywalk system in December of 2008. 

Which is a shame, because if you’ve found yourself here on QC/D today—I’d like to welcome you to the world’s most unfulfilling time machine. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Fighting Falcons over Cincinnati

This morning, two F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th “Stingers” Fighter Wing flew over Cincinnati area hospitals in a salute to frontline workers during the ongoing pandemic. Based out of Toledo, the unit has been performing overhead passes across the state as part of regularly scheduled training missions. Staff of The Christ Hospital in Uptown donned masks and went to the roof as the jets roared by before continuing north. 

Wear a mask, listen to doctors/scientists, and follow real news.