December 15, 2012 : a photographic day

Some day I photograph more then others and some days I photograph a lot! December 15th was one of those days.

the sidewalk in front of Pearl Street Co-op

the sidewalk in front of Pearl Street Co-op

The day started off with a developing session in the darkroom.  I am a member of a dark room co-op that is housed inside Pearl Street Co-op on west campus (MLK/Pearl Street). It is has been there since 1974, same as me.

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While I was waiting for the negatives to dry, I took a walk around the block. This neighborhood, like the rest of Austin, is changing and growing (up literally). During the walk I met, Carl, Karen, Ron, Mama Dunka and Mr. Whitfield.

Carl was moving into French House Co-op on 21st Street

Carl was moving into French House Co-op on 21st Street

Karen taking a swing break.

Karen taking a swing break.

Carl was moving into French House Co-op on 21st Street, Karen was helping him.

Carl was moving into French House Co-op on 21st Street, Karen was helping him.

Mama Dunka, is visiting from Bulgaria, she doesn't speak English.

Mama Dunka, is visiting from Bulgaria, she doesn’t speak English.

Ron with his mother-in-law, Mama Dunka. Ron has lived in this house for 34 years.

Ron with his mother-in-law, Mama Dunka. Ron has lived in this house for 34 years.

Mama Dunka, is visiting from Bulgaria, she doesn't speak English.

Ron and I chatted about his home and the changing architecture and demographics of the neighborhood. He then pointed over and told me about Mr. Winfield, who he said had lived in the house across the street since WWII.

 Mr. Winfield in front of his house on 1909 Rio Grande Street. He has lived in this house for 68 years.

Mr. Winfield in front of his house on 1909 Rio Grande Street. He has lived in this house for 68 years.

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Me and Mr. Winfield

Me and Mr. Winfield

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Mr. Winfield's neighbor

Mr. Winfield’s neighbor

This house is slated for demolition. Future site of...

This house is slated for demolition. Future site of…

In one hour I walked one block of Twenty First street. Stop and talk to people, you will see so much more.

“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.” – Jean Cocteau  “Le Mystère Laïc” (1928)

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Homeward bound

12th Street and Chicon

12th Street and Chicon

I was in the mood for a fresh juice, so I took Iso on a walk to our community garden.

work day at my neighborhood community garden, Homewood Heights

work day at my neighborhood community garden, Homewood Heights

Ryan and Jarrett

Ryan and Jarrett

Big Mike, hanging out across from the garden on Sol Wilson Street

Big Mike, hanging out across from the garden on Sol Wilson Street

The corner of Ridgeway and Sol Wilson

The corner of Ridgeway and Sol Wilson

howdy neighbors

howdy neighbors

harvest, soon to be juice!

harvest, soon to be juice!

Next stop, Emo’s

my hip girl at Emo's for the Austin Flea

my hip girl at Emo’s for the Austin Flea

Now time to head south

phone on Riverside Drive

phone on Riverside Drive

A new high rise will be here in spring 2013. RIverside Drive

A new high rise will be here in spring 2013. Riverside and Lakeshore Drive

Life on the Lake, coming spring 2013

Life on the Lake, coming spring 2013

I love you so much on south congress avenue

I love you so much on south congress avenue

fuel for the remainder of the day

fuel for the remainder of the day

final stop, time to put away the camera and put on the pastel

wine knowledge

wine knowledge

fish notes

amy’s fish notes

Nikon f100 and iphone

A selection of these images are part of my current photo essay:  Austin Seen, in progress

Exhibit opening will be March 2013 –  Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to stay informed!

 

 

About Jo Ann Santangelo

Austin based freelance multimedia documentary photographer and storyteller.
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2 Responses to December 15, 2012 : a photographic day

  1. Kristina says:

    I’m always so amazed at the long stories each one of your photos hold. You are a true story teller and an encourager to go out and meet the beautiful people in your neighborhood, thank you.

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