Monday, August 29, 2011

Illus Davis Mall

Illus W. Davis (1917 - 1996 ) was the 48th Mayor of Kansas City and the Mall between the Whittaker Courthouse and City Hall is named in his honor. It's a rather tranquil spot in the heart of downtown where many workers take lunch breaks and passersby stop to enjoy the shade.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

MOCSA Young At Art

Photographed the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault's (MOCSA) Third Annual Young at Art fundraiser last night which was held at the Uptown.. great new venue for the event with 700 in attendance. Patron's Party first then the main event in the theater itself with the Elders playing for the Party and then in the main hall beginning at 10:30am.... great fun...
3 picture panorama taken from the balcony... D3, asa 6400.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Popsicle Parade

Last night was the Second Annual Popsicle Parade in Budd Park here in Old Northeast... organized by NorthEast Presbyterian Church and Northeast Arts KC ... kids (and big kids) decorated their bikes, scooters, wheel chairs or themselves and paraded from the north side of the Park by Holy Cross over to the swimming pool.... Prizes and popsicles were presented at the end. I was honored to be one of the judges for the event and, while I sincerely hoped to be bribed, I wasn't....

Above, pondering the meaning of it all..... below, in full bloom....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Colonnade

I photograph this more than any other public structure... it's just so elegant. Built in 1908. It's the crown jewel of the Concourse. This is a total of 20 exposures combined into 4 shots that were stitched together to make one. I removed streetlights because I hate their positioning.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pendleton Tome Hits the Market

I was pleased to collaborate on a new book featuring the fine architecture in Pendleton Heights both lost and still standing. This was produced by the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association and the effort was led by Kent Dicus and Michael Ohlson aided by Su Collura and Erica Van Dee..... it's a beautiful hardcopy edition with high quality printing.... shows an historic view of an area and then the exact same view today. Pendleton Heights has the finest collection of Victorian homes in the city. It's a limited edition... so, if you'd like one, hurry!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Constructive Demolition Part Two

Work on the Michael Heim house on Benton Boulevard continues. The goal is restoration of the property to its original appearance in the 1880s. The added porch is now gone and contraction workers and brick layers are preparing to replace those elements that were changed. Below, what the home looked like before the work began.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gene the Barber

In a row of shops across from the Gladstone Theatre between Elmwood and Lawn Gene the Barber plied his trade for five decades. One of the nicest men you'd ever want to meet his passions were golf, sports and family. I started going to him when he worked in the same barber shop back in the 50s... then it was "Sal's Barbershop." Later, Gene bought the shop and reduced it from four chairs to two. Mike Morris was his long-time second chair.

The haircuts were always perfect and, since the barbershop never changed in decor, it was a little trip back in time whenever a haircut was necessary. Young men called him "Mean Gene the Cutting Machine" and were so loyal to him that they would come in from Grain Valley and places further.

His daughter always decorated the shop for Christmas with a tree in the window. Only two subjects were forbidden in the shop.... politics and religion.... see... he was also wise.

Gene, through his front window, watched over the years as the Gladstone went from movie theatre to roller rink to church to beauty school... but, while it changed, he never did.

Above, I talked him into posing for me a couple years before his retirement.... barber chair and golf club... that was the man.

Toyo view camera, 90mm lens, t-max 400 4x5 black and white film, exposure unrecorded. Available light.