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Small Town Architecture

Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Are the Main Streets of small towns the forgotten thoroughfares of our memories? Certainly they are not what they used to be: thriving arteries linking neighbor folk in their daily endeavors. For many years now, populations have chosen sprawl over centralized communities and the suburbs have boomed at the expense of small towns.

Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Architectural Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Fortunately I’m beginning to see, in the American South where I live, a return to the towns and lives that were more associated with our grandparents’ than our parents’ generation. While life certainly may be more modern, there is a revitalization going on. Shop windows lining Main Street, facing the local railroad lines are being dressed up again for a new clientele. The structures are being spruced up, repurposed to fit our ideas of desirable economic function.

Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Urban decay photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

In my travels, in visits with family and friends, I get to witness some of these changes over time, and document architecture in its various stages of life. Here are some of my latest photographs–portraits of brick, mortar, and wood in small town USA–depicting Main Street at night, an awning of an art-deco styled building, and an abandoned peach shed by the railroad.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Nighttime photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

What conjures more imagery in an urban environment than a brightly lit theater at night? Notes Of Light Photography would like to submit these photos of the beautiful Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga for the weekly theme of street life.

Although the Tivoli Theater resides not only on a prominent spot on Broad Street but also in the hearts of generations of Chattanoogans, the scene depicted is easily recognizable from our own memories and could be from any city we imagine.

These shots were taken at 4/10 of a second at f7.1 for the image with the blurred car, and 1/50 of a second at f2.0 for the image with the pedestrians.

Photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Street photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Historic Shiloh Methodist Church

Last weekend I spent two cold pre-dawn hours shooting the historic Shiloh Methodist Church in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. This church has survived as a congregation as early as the 1700’s and this building, shown in the photographs, was built in 1825. This is a pioneer church of upstate South Carolina.

Multi-generation families in the area tell that a Revolutionary War skirmish was fought along a nearby creek and that the dead were buried here, but it is unknown whether the church existed at that point in time.  Directly behind the church building is a large and old graveyard; simple standing stones do mark the resting spot of a couple dozen unknowns. In the dark of early morning it is a quiet and solitary place except for the arc of stars, slight stony silhouettes along the ground, and white-board church. White-board that’s a shade of grey with almost no light.

Camera set on tripod, I began shooting with a 30 second exposure.