I have driven by Caribbean Chicken and Fish on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Scottdale many times on my drives between Decatur and Clarkston and have noticed the smoker on the sidewalk spewing smoke. Even when my car windows have been closed, an intense, mouth-watering smell seeped into my vehicle. I have never seen anyone tending to the smoker until last week. When I spotted Louis in his white chef’s hat and apron, I knew this was my opportunity to find out more about this roadside eatery. Louis is originally from Trinidad but came to Atlanta via New York. He opened Caribbean Chicken and Fish less than a year ago and in this short time has developed a following. His joint has been voted as one of the best five places to get barbecue in Atlanta. I promised to return and order the jerk chicken and did so three days later. I left with a whole chicken, fresh out of the smoker, and an order of plantains to share with my family. The verdict? Louis’s jerk chicken is the best BBQ chicken I have ever tasted. It was juicy and infused with a rich smokey flavor. The jerk sauce that Louis lathered on top of the bird had my taste buds dancing.
In the image above, Louis takes a breather while Terry returns from tending the large smoker out back.
Olmsted Linear Park is a treasured green space in Atlanta that was designed by Frederick Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in New York City. For over 100 years, area residents and visitors have enjoyed the six contiguous parks along Ponce de Leon Ave. These 44 acres of wooded paths and open spaces attract walkers, bikers and joggers throughout the year. Given that this park is only a few miles from our home, it is becoming a favorite destination for a close-by escape to nature. Although the fall colors were starting to fade this past weekend, the morning sun brilliantly illuminated the trees. I was moved to capture the beauty of the woods within Deepdene, the most eastern portion of the Linear Parks.
“The beauty of the park…should be the beauty of the fields, the meadow, the prairie, of the green pastures, and the still waters. What we want to gain is tranquility and rest the mind.”
Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.
I am pleased to announce that my Tall Timbers Plantation Project was chosen for publication in LensWork’s Nov/Dec 2012 issue. Additional images and an interview will be released on LensWork Extended in December.
It is an honor to have my project published in LensWork. I have subscribed to LensWork since 2006, when I became passionate about photographing. I have always regarded the black and white images in this stunning publication as my benchmark for quality and beauty. Not only is the photography top-notch, but the reproductions are gorgeous. I am also pleased to share the story of the former Tall Timbers Plantation tenant farmers with readers around the world. The people I photographed and their families played an important role in the history of Southern Agriculture and their contribution is being honored in the Tall Timbers Plantation Project.
One of the most scenic places in Atlanta lies within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, just a short drive north from downtown Atlanta. Amid the skyscrapers and I-75/I-285 interchange, the Chattahoochee River flows south from Lake Lanier. It is considered one of the premier fishing streams for trout in Georgia. Each year, 150,000 trout are released into the Chattahoochee River and brown trout are naturally reproducing in these waters. Last weekend, I spotted several fisherman under the I-75 bridge. I stopped to watch the fisherman and to ask whether they had been lucky in their pursuits. (I later learned from a hiker on the trail that the river had just been stocked). As I photographed the fisherman, I reminisced about my childhood trips with family to trout fish in the mountain streams in New Mexico. Although I no longer fish, my 88-year-old father continues to do so with a passion. I live vicariously through the people I stumble upon with a fishing pole in their hands.