The Madisonville Edition

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Madisonville Edition

Though my Fellowship technically ended in March, I still had some ideas left to execute for PhotoCorps. One such thing was the concept of a “Neighborhood Edition” which would invite folks to explore a community throughout the year, bring together their photos and publish them in a collection.

The first two editions focus on Madisonville and Price Hill, two communities that often don’t land in the spotlight but are very deserving, filled with colorful characters and diverse urban landscapes.

I wrapped up with Madisonville last week and Blurb shipped ’em out right quick—just in time to have them available at a Holiday Pop-up Shop in the neighborhood where a bunch of the contributors were able to stop by and pick up their copy. (My goal with this is that anyone that participates gets the book free.)

And just like the Cincinnati Edition, there are two distinct moments of elation:

  1. Paging through the book for the first time.
  2. Seeing a contributor look through it and finding their photo.

Related: Applications for the Haile Fellowship are around the corner. What would you do if you could take a year and dedicate to something that marries your passion with the community? Take a look at the Fellowship Guide to learn more.

As for me? I need to crank on the Price Hill Edition, then take a step back and note what works best and figure out how to do it all over again in 2018!

Madisonville Contributors

The Madisonville Edition

The Madisonville Edition

The Madisonville Edition

The Madisonville Edition

Icy Fog

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fog in Northside Cincinnati

Finding Kenyon Barr

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I went to a panel discussion about the photography of Kenyon Barr, where curator Anne Delano Steinert discussed her rationale and intent of the exhibit, Jim Damico from the Cincinnati Museum Center gave insight to the entire collection and Nick Swartsell presented some personal works that brought together the collection in a modern context.

From the introduction:

There was never a neighborhood called Kenyon Barr. The name first appeared in Cincinnati’s 1948 Metropolitan Master Plan which initiated a twenty-year project to acquire, clear, and resell Cincinnati’s lower West End. The project, officially called the Kenyon Barr Urban Renewal Project, was documented in a series of photographs now held by Cincinnati Museum Center. This exhibit is made up of a small fraction of that photo collection.

The Kenyon Barr urban renewal area included 297 acres of land, most of which was residential. The project caused the displacement of over 25,000 neighborhood residents, 97% of whom were African American, the demolition of over 2663 buildings containing more than 7000 dwelling units, and the elimination of more than 30 streets and alleys.

A discussion afterward included folks in the audience who lived in this area of town and shared their memories. Powerful stuff, about change and gentrification—about how we’re seeing this type of eradication all over again, and how we, when we come together, might forge a better future.

More on the Kenyon Barr collection:

Conversation with Kenyon Barr resident

Anne Delano Steinert chats with a former resident

Jim DaMico

James Damico of the Cincinnati Museum Center

Sample Kenyon Barr Photograph

Detail of Kenyon Barr photograph

Kenyon Barr Exhibit


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I was going to title this post “Weird” but frankly? This is totally more intriguing than weird—a word that gets overused as much as awesome. (Guilty.)

Anyway, someone arranged all these flags around piles of leaves and trees in a tiny park in Northside.

I think they’re fun.

UPDATE: These are part of an installation by Nan Curtis for Anytime Dept.

Kroger sign

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The days are busy, cramming in as many projects as possible to close out the year and make room for the holidays.

Took a long lunch to pick up a few items at the grocery.

Always dug this cube sign of Kroger.

And the Amigo logo on this electric scooter cart thing:

Also? Magazine sections are shrinking dramatically everywhere, but somehow Paula Deen has three on the stand here.

Paula Deen Magazine


The Depot

Monday, November 27, 2017

On January 4 of this year, I moved into that building there with all the garage doors in the middle of the photo.

We call it The Depot. (Previously, way previously)

My friend Tom has been working on its restoration for over two years, and everyday it feels more and more like home and a fun place to work.

I need to take more photos of the interior, but the light was so nice outside this evening, I just needed something to capture the day.

Joel, soon to be a day older

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Joel, far left (in photo, maybe also in spirit), is getting older. So a surprise birthday brunch happened and it was good to give him a hug and snack on coffee cake. In hindsight, I really should have stuffed my pockets with that coffee cake because it was delicious.

Coco and the retail apocalypse

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I really thought the theater would be a bit busier on evening of Thanksgiving, but maybe that’s a Christmas thing. The retail area outside was strangely (but wonderfully) devoid of humans. I do worry about the retail apocalypse, though I’m not sure why. I’m all for efficiency, so if we replace these structures with gardens and communal kitchens, then maybe it’s okay.

It’s mild, projected unease.

Like when I’ll be required to give up a manual transmission and simply summon a travel pod to take me around.


Pixar’s Coco was beautiful in every way. Totally unlike the cardboard standee I captured to remember it below.

I’d even see the film again in a theater. Especially now that they’re building these tall panels between seats to prevent seeing other folks cell phone screens light up during the show. This is progress I can ease into!

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