Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Why I'm saying "No on 9" and "Yes" on Mallory.

- A conceptual image showing what a modern streetcar might look like passing in front of the Aronoff Center. The proposed streetcar system is estimated to spawn nearly $1.4 Billion in economic development.

I don't typically use this website to express my political views, but there are two decisions to be made on Nov. 3, 2009 that I feel are extremely important to the future of Cincinnati. Those decisions regard the highly criticized Issue 9 and the re-election of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Storm the shores of Cincinnati with Capt. Bill and the "Ride the Ducks" tour!

- (Left) "Duck 53" outside of Newport on the Levee. (Right) An original DUKW vehicle being used by the U.S. military.

On June 6, 1944 some of the bravest men this world has ever known, members of the American Allied Expeditionary Force, stormed the beaches of Normandy in pursuit of freeing mainland Europe from the grip of the Axis powers. Many of those men rode ashore in "DUKW" (nicknamed "duck") vehicles. These amphibious vehicles were designed by the General Motors Corporation and used primarily by the U.S. Army for transporting troops and supplies from the sea to land during maritime assaults in the Korean War and World War Two. 24 years after the Korean War ended, the first "Ride the Ducks" tour would open in Branson, Missouri in 1977. The "Duck" tours used these amphibious vehicles to transport sightseeing tourists on land and sea. For years they've been a common attraction in cities throughout the nation leaving many Cincinnatian's on vacation to say "Hey, why don't we have that in the Queen City?" Well, "Ride the Ducks" finally came here in the Spring of 2008

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

All Along the Watchtower: The Crosley Climb

The first home of the "Nation's Station," 700 WLW, and the one time symbol of the Crosley corporation stands as a watchtower looking out over the industrious Camp Washington neighborhood and Interstate 75.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gordon Bombay and the Auditorium of Doom!

A funny thing happened on my way to a class at UC...

Some time ago, Venkman and I registered to take "Intro to Photography" at the University of Cincinnati's main campus. You see, we had these cameras and didn't know how to use them. The section we enrolled in was being taught by famed university employee, Dr. Henry Jones. Jones, while known primarily for his archeology studies, is also quite the notable photographer. Excited for the first day of this class, Venkman and I headed out across campus. As we walked, we joked and wondered if maybe one day the UC Bearcats would be the best ranked college football team in Ohio. We could dream couldn't we? We found what we thought was the building containing our classroom and headed on inside with our books, cameras and enthusiasm for furthering our education.

I was confused upon first entering the auditorium for our class lecture. All the other buildings at UC were so modern and nice, this one seemed as if hadn't been used in awhile, almost as if it were abandoned.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Summer Vacation in Detroit: Part 2

Part 2 of our 2009 summer trip to Detroit including an excursion to an abandoned zoo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Thank You! "Exploring Cincinnati" Still on Display at The Betts House Through Nov. 19th!

On the evening of Friday, October 2nd, the new exhibit "Exploring Cincinnati" officially opened at The Betts House. This was the third gallery exhibit I've been featured in and second time I've teamed up with Sherman Cahal of Abandoned. "Exploring Cincinnati" also featured photographs by our good friend Craig Moyer. I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Julie Carpenter and the rest of the directors at The Betts House for featuring our work and to Sherman Cahal for all his work organizing all the logistics and such! Also, thanks to Noel, Travis, Capt. Orbit, J.T., Scott and his biking crew, my family, Craig's family, Sherman's family, Rachel, Emily, Nicole, Andy, Nick, Joel, Ali, Chap and everyone else who I didn't mention specifically (sorry, so many people to remember) and all the new folks I met for coming out to see the exhibit! I really appreciate the support!

"Exploring Cincinnati" is still on display until November 19th. Full Details can be found here. Check out the new exhibit and support a great local treasure!

Some photos from the event: