Elvis Presley Birthplace, USA

Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, Tupelo, Mississippi 2003

A road trip picture.

Once upon a time, for my holiday, I would pick 3 or places (in different states) and then spend a week or so travelling to each of them, stopping the car when I saw something interesting. Lots of time spent listening to the radio, watching the landscape slowly change outside.

I enjoyed my visit to the birthplace museum, I had a little chat with a member of staff as we looked at one of Elvis’s late jumpsuits. She was more late Elvis, while I was more early Elvis.

The house itself looked rather neat and trim. I wondered if it was like that when Elvis lived there.

River, Clayton, GA

Clayton, Georgia, USA 2003

I don’t find it easy to take square landscapes. Here I was trying to use the curve of the river’s edge to lead your eye through the frame, but I’m not sure it works.

I believe Clayton is in the north of Georgia where once you might have found bears in the countryside, but no longer. I did find some rather large deer which burst from a bush as I walked through the forest, making me jump. But that was it.

Take My Picture, Athens

Take My Picture, Athens, Georgia, USA 2000

Most of the time, people don’t want you to take their picture – or would rather you didn’t- but sometimes they do.

As I remember it, I had gone to Athens to watch a Georgia Bulldogs football game (I think it was against Ole Miss) and when I took this picture, I was trying to sniff out some tickets. Anyway, I was wandering around downtown Athens (which looked very nice) when this guy shouted,”Hey! Take my picture!”. So I did. And I quite like it.

For the technically curious, I was using a Holga camera (a lo-fi camera) and Tri-X.

Fire Station No.11, Atlanta

Fire Station N.11, Atlanta, USA 2000

Two views of the same subject.

When you first move to new area, you make a real effort to explore and take in where you live. So when I moved to Georgia, I spent quite a while exploring downtown Atlanta.

It turns out, Fire Station No11 is quite a famous building, which is on the National Historical Buildings Register. You can see, even when I took this picture almost 20 years ago, it hadn’t been used as a fire station for sometime. Now, it is a restaurant. I remember when I took the picture, the contrast with the other buildings in Mid-town, which towered over it. I believe the Bell South office behind the fire station still exists and is now AT&T.

Fire Station No.11, Atlanta, USA, 2000

Flag, Charleston, USA

Charleston, SC 2000

I have the feeling, this could become one of those “When I was young…” posts! I took this picture almost 20 years ago, when I used to live in the US.

In the Summer, on a Friday afternoon, I would race home from work, to find a friend already waiting outside, engine running ready to drive to Charleston- or sometimes Wilmington for the weekend. And off we would go… a long drive, I think quite often we would pause in Augusta for coffee and doughnuts. A really long drive, with nothing but the radio (we all had rubbish cars back then), but it was what we did.

Technical Details. I took with with a very worn Olympus OM2n and a 50mm f1.8 lens on Kodachrome 64. I really like the colours in this picture and the contrast between the red and white with the blue sky (didn’t Paul Simon sing about Kodachrome blue skies?).

Broken Window, Lafayette, AL

LaFayette, Alabama 2002

Do you ever look back on your youth and wonder how you ended up doing what you did?

There was a time, when I went on a series of road trips around the southern United States. On this particular trip I wandered through Alabama and Mississippi.

I think I may have been heading to Tupelo, Mississippi at the time, but on my way, I passed through Lafayette, Alabama.

This old cinema was next to the town square. Although I didn’t know it at the time, it had been used as a set for the film “Mississippi Burning”. When I passed by, it was locked up and as you can see awaiting reuse.

Technical Details. I was using my Rolleiflex and some Kodak Verichrome Pan. It sounds like it should be a colour slide film – but it was a b/w negative film. Where did I get it from? Probably a store in Atlanta (Camera Bug?).

Dawn – Cedar Key, FL

Dawn, Cedar Key 2000

I can’t believe I took this almost 20 years ago!

The night before, I had driven down from Atlanta. The last few miles had been quite slow because deer kept jumping from the side of the road (might have made interesting pictures) in what was quite a rural area. Finally we pulled up at the motel and piled into our rooms.

The next moring, my mum was thumping on my door – to show me the sunrise. I think I walked about 5 feet from my door – and took this picture. Can’t say I deliberated long and hard. But I still like it.

Incidentally, Cedar Key is a nice place. Quite low-key. Must go back one day.

Technically, I took this with my first digital camera a Nikon Coolpix 950, which produced 2 megapixel images.

After An Ice Storm, Emory 2001

Ice, Emory 2000

When I moved to to Atlanta, I was convinced that I had managed to avoid a British winter and that it would be short sleeves all year round. You know, ‘cos it’s  next to Florida. As it turns out, I was wrong, and it was freezing!

I think I found this picture in Emory, which is a small suburb of Atlanta near Decatur where I lived (home to an illustrious college).

Technical Details

Olympus OM2 + 50mm F1.8 using Kodachrome 64. I used to love Kodachrome, each frame being a drop of beautiful colour.

Looking Down, Atlanta 2000

Oil Dog, Atlanta 2000

One of the things I love about photography, is how it encourages you to look around you for interesting details. I saw this in a Kroger’s car park near where I lived (very handy). I’ve tweaked the contrast a bit to make it clearer – but to me it looks like dogs face in the oil leaks.

For the technically minded, I was using a Canonette compact camera and some colour print film.