Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March 2018

Photographs made in February 2018 that didn’t necessarily fit into a larger story and were posted three days late. Frames made with a Canon 7DMKII and iPhone X.

A recap of posts from the month at the end. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

[Fading Advertisements] "The Other Place," From A Different View

"The Other Place" appeared in the book and can be seen if you walk the obscure College St. that runs from 6th to 7th between Race and Vine. I still haven't been able to figure out what the sign referenced, but while visiting the Terrace Plaza back in December, I got another look at the sign. It's one of my favorites in the city. Glad to see it's holding up so well.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mural on the Side of the Know Theatre

Stopped to see this up close the other day. The Know Theatre has always been a canvas for murals, but I didn't realize the one on the building's south side had changed to this. Apparently it was done by The Lodge for the 2016 Fringe Festival. Despite being in the area all the time, I never really caught sight of it. Thanks to Renee for pointing it out. It's now one of my favorites in the city.

I like the seemingly absurd elements combined with local icons. I enjoy the implied motion, the depth effects, the way this mural feels like it's moving around even if the paint is static. The reveal of the robot skull beneath Cincinnatius' face reminds me of the awesome 1988 movie "They Live." Not sure why there's a cat, but I appreciate the 90's era Mr. Red and the flaming Bengals football that seems like something out of a notebook scribble.

There's also all these great little details throughout...

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Terrace Plaza | Part 3 - The Future?

The Dennison Hotel building wasn’t anywhere near as grand or as historically significant as the Terrace Plaza. Nevertheless, it was a historic structure designed by a prominent person and located within a protected historic district. I wrote about the place briefly back in 2016, but the building eventually came crumbling down amongst political controversy that saw preservation guidelines ignored and nothing new rise up in its place. I was sad to see it go. Others took it a lot harder, which is understandable. The loss of historic buildings tears away at the fabric of what gives a city its unique identity. Cincinnati hasn’t always been the best at respecting that or even realizing it. Phil Armstrong certainly understands it, he aided in the effort to try and save The Dennison and he's the person introduced in Part 1 of this story. Ultimately, certain political elements of the city were able to force the demolition through, shrugging the building off as not much of a loss. I’ll get into more detail about the Dennison with a new post in the near future, but all this is to say that there are people like Phil who want to see historic structures saved, who realize their importance, and value their existence. That’s what drew him to the Terrace Plaza. He sees this as a chance for the community to not make another mistake, to get things right, and preserve something historic. His photographs are helping to make that case, reminding us of what the Terrace Plaza once was and could be again.

The Terrace Plaza | Part 2 - The Present

With a passing glance, the Terrace Plaza’s front entrance seems like any other urban hotel. There’s still quite a few cars parked under the awning, as if valet service is catering to a busy check in. On this day, there were plenty of guests inside, but they weren’t of the lodging variety.