Destination: Chelsea

We were in town to celebrate the opening of our friends’ Overland Studio. We had a blast learning about studio lighting and experiencing what it feels like to be on the posing side of the camera. (Not my forte) On a little pre-lunch-break, a few of us wandered out to take some photos in downtown Chelsea.

i am always impressed with Chelsea. It is clean, compact and somehow energized. i was bummed to see a particular market was gone- but excited to find Smokehouse 52 BBQ soon opening in its place. i was impressed with some outside modifications to the building. Then, like a kid at a toy store, stuck my face up against the glass to look inside.

I was even more impressed with the details and decor of the interior! The proprietors of the restaurant invited in those of us who got caught snooping. They were welcoming and explained their vision. The items used to decorate the space have great history and the space is a unique experience.

i am eager for the restaurant to open. i have a few friends i meet in Chelsea for meals because it is a mid-way point for us. It will be fun to add a new venue to our list of options. i wish the owners all the best, and thank them for the pre-opening tour!



Chicago Rocks

This past weekend i hopped on the Amtrak to Chicago. The main purpose of the trip was to see the Champagne Saints perform at the Elbo Room. With my guitar-playing husband leading the Friday tour, we also had to stop by the Chicago Music Exchange. What an aesthetic delight. i took a few photos while my husband browsed.

i wandered downtown and Lincoln Park on Saturday before the big show- but the rain kept my camera protected, and me enjoying some local shops instead. When not rocking out to the ‘Saints, i took some photos- enjoying and grumbling about the low light challenge.





Cleveland ROCKS!

i watched the movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It” this summer. And while the life of SJP’s character seemed chaotic, there was something about her life that i was interested in. i want to travel for work. As i work for myself, nobody is going to send me anywhere. So, it is up to me to make trips for myself. i did that this past summer in Detroit. And i did last week in Cleveland.

i did some research and found points of interest that i thought would intrigue me. Ever heard of over-researching a trip? There were a couple of times i arrived at places i had researched, and realized i didn’t want to take the same photo i had already seen. So, i had to get creative. The interesting conclusion is that i ended up taking photos that aren’t necessarily recognizable as Cleveland-specific. And i’m totally okay with that.

Old Stuff

Today i met with my camera club. After a delicious breakfast in downtown Grass Lake, we hit the Grand Illusion Architectural Salvage. (201 E. Michigan Ave., Grass Lake- It is recommended that you call to be sure they are open: 517-522-8715) Their three buildings are full of architectural and antique treasures! Of course the forgotten pieces of yesteryear were totally up my alley. And i wished i had a house that would lend itself to some beautiful old doors, trim, floors, mantles etc. If you’re a designer or looking for some throwbacks, check out this store! So much great stuff!

The Motor City

i admit that i love to photograph decaying, abandoned and old things. But when i made the plan to venture into Detroit for photo safari, that was not part of the plan. Remember the Chrysler commercial from SuperBowl a few years ago? Those who know me well, know i love Eminem. i also love Detroit. And this commercial made me think, that the “Detroit is decaying” card has been overplayed. And on this particular trip to the city, i wanted to relay the positive side of Detroit.

i wandered about and photographed what appealed to me until my camera died. Literally died. i pulled out my backup camera (Lesson learned- ALWAYS carry backup!) and continued on my merry way. There is so much more that i want to go back and capture. Here is some of what i saw. (More photos from my trips to Detroit can be found here.)

Photo Safari: Eastern Market

For half of the weekend i enjoyed Detroit with a few of my camera club friends. Some of us took in a Tiger’s game while others did a walking tour of the city. This morning we all met up at Eastern Market with cameras in hand to take it all in. At first i found the market to be overwhelming to photograph. There are so many people. So many sights, sounds and smells that it took me a bit to get oriented and pull out my camera to start composing. Once i started, i was all set. i enjoyed the street musicians, the vendors barking out their specials and all of the beautiful produce and flowers available. i definitely have a taste to go back to the market- maybe even to shop!

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