Monday, February 25, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] What Shit Will We Put On Our Walls?

- The banner of the king crumbles.

For some reason, we as a culture like it when restaurants put shit all over their walls. It doesn't matter if you go to an Applebee's, TGI Friday's, Chilli's, Bennigan's, O'Charley's, Ruby Tuesday, Red Robbin or any other common American chain - there's always shit on the walls. It hangs erratically, tears at a generation's nostalgic hear strings and gives you something to look at while avoiding awkward conversations and waiting for your reasonably priced appetizers. As time moves on, culture and nostalgia shift, so one day what shit will we put on our walls?

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Tree Grows in Chippewa Lake Amusement Park

- Paule B, Cody Jay Mode and Gordon Bombay standing at the base of an abandoned ferris wheel and on the midway of what once was Chippewa Lake Amusement Park.

The small village and lake have more in common than just a name. The northern Ohio municipality has around 700 residents according to the 2010 census. It's a quiet, sleepy town of narrow streets lined with bungalows slowly billowing out smoke from their chimneys. Situated on the shores of a frozen lake (which would come to be an adversary and an allie) - hidden behind the houses lays an abandoned amusement park: one that operated for a century before closing its doors in 1978. What's left today isn't so much a time capsule of a bygone era, but more like ruins of what was once considered the 'heart' of the village.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Portrait of a Man I Met Yesterday: Charles of Walnut Hills

Yesterday as I walked out of a restaurant in Walnut Hills, this man happened to be passing right in front of me. He looked at me and said: "How's that new restaurant?" We chatted about it and then he pointed out to me some of the more interesting places along picturesque Woodburn Ave. When we got to my car I asked if I could make a quick portrait of him. He held his bag of groceries, squinted in the sun and obliged me. I thanked him for the chat, we shook hands and went our separate ways.

Meanwhile at the Kenwood Towne Center, you're lucky if someone even says "thank you" for holding the door.

Monday, February 11, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Burger King - Jordan's Crossing + Introducing: Cameron Knight


North of downtown Cincinnati, along an intercity that predates the interstate highway system, sits an abandoned Arby's fast food restaurant. The latest abandonment in a sprawling suburban shopping area.

Photographs and Text by Cameron Knight - a new contributor to Queen City Discovery who made these images with a Bronica SQ-A Medium Format SLR on Ilford Pan 50 film.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Pizza Hut - West Side of Cincinnati


The red roof may as well be the "golden arches" of pizza joints. And if the familiar structure didn't give it away, the faded leters will. From a marketing perspective, the company wide architecture standard is brilliant. The brand is easily recognizable. As consumers, we've been primed to spot the familiar shape of a Pizza Hut from a mile away... even if it's an abandoned one.