I met many of these models in downtown Decatur one month ago. When I saw the beautiful women in the gazebo at the Decatur Square I wandered up to them, asked them what they were practicing for and if I could snap a few pictures. As it turns out, they were rehearsing for the “Beauty I See” fashion show/competition in which local models and designers compete for prizes. In the end, I was invited to be their guest at the fashion show/competition which took place yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting many new people who included the talented designers, models, make-up artists and hair stylists. I spoke to one fashion designer who said that the designers in Atlanta are trying to change the perceptions locally when it comes to wearing couture and their aim is to make it accessible to a diverse population. Yesterday, the models were of varying ages and body builds. This was refreshing to see.
I heard the melancholy sound from a lone trumpet as I was walking down Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. It was two blocks before I came upon Derrick. I stopped to listen and when he noticed me with my camera he motioned me to take a picture of him. Throughout his childhood, Derrick was exposed to jazz music. His father played the bass. Derrick went on to study music at Clark Atlanta University, one of the historically black universities in the Atlanta area. These days, Derrick performs at various venues with his band and plays on the city streets for anyone who cares to listen.
Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta is home to the world’s largest interactive fountain. The Fountain of Rings is aptly named for the Olympic Ring symbol that adorns the floor of this water feature. What drew me downtown this week was the opening of SkyView, a 198 foot Ferris wheel that sits at the edge of Centennial Olympic Park. When I stumbled upon The Fountain of Rings filled with energetic and joyful youngsters, I promptly forgot about visiting the Ferris wheel. I was content to enjoy the magical atmosphere as kids ran about dodging water as it shot out of the fountain floor.
Yesterday I took a walk on the Atlanta BeltLine and ended up at Paris on Ponce. This 46,000 square foot warehouse contains about 30 boutiques which sell antiques and an assortment of oddities. Before I entered the building, I took a snapshot of this scene without the people. I liked the textures and colors although I knew I had not created a compelling image. As I exited Paris on Ponce, I spotted these two individuals on the porch and I knew they completed the scene. I took two shots before they noticed me and wandered off.
I had great fun hanging out with the kids at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park playground yesterday. The park is owned by the City of Atlanta and includes an amphitheater, playscape, splashboard and skate park. The Old Fourth Ward has a rich history. In the 1860’s, this area was famous for its springs which people believed had rejuvenating properties. An amusement park opened in 1903. In 1907 the Ponce de Leon Ballpark opened and was home to the Atlanta Crackers until the 1960s. The Sears Roebuck Southern Distribution Center was built in 1928 and this building, which is now the Ponce City Market, is still the largest brick building in the Southeast.
July 4th in Atlanta was wet! Despite the rain we headed to Stone Mountain with our rain gear, determined to show our dear friend from Florida one of the most interesting natural wonders in this area. As we walked to the ticket booth to purchase passage on the cable car, we came upon a magical scene. The Georgia Bubbleman (ttp://www.gabubbleman.com/) captivated a group of visitors with his craft. He was creating bubbles, some that spanned at least 4 feet long and others that were contained within the outer bubble. The Georgia Bubbleman takes his bubbles seriously. Not only does he network with other professional bubble makers but he also attends bubble making conferences.