304 - I'm Coming Down With The Blues

It’s 5am, I have fallen asleep while preparing images (“just a minute on the sofa while it’s sharpening”) and woke up only an hour ago. Oh well, let’s keep this short ­čÖé

I shot this image yesterday on my way home in Kaiserstra├če. This street only in certain parts slowly manages to recover. When, after the long years of Underground construction, Mariahilferstra├če again came to splendor and fame, there was simply no room for the mostly small, family-run shops in Kaiserstra├če. Many of them closed down, and though in some places they were replaced by restaurants, and some even by new shops, there was never again the right mix that would attract the critical mass of buyers needed to sustain the quarter.

This is the grille of one of those run-down, closed for years shops. I shot it with the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm, f8 and ISO 1600.

It’s funny. In the meantime I have all of Marcia Ball’s records, this is the third time we have her, and always it’s the first album I’ve got, the 2001 release “Presumed Innocent”. I can’t give you lyrics, sorry, but the Louisiana style Rhythm & Blues number “I’m Coming Down With The Blues”, a Don Covay song from 1960, is the Song of the Day.

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Thomas   (2007-08-14)

Ok, so it's not a German phenomenon that those beautiful, lively quarters with just the right mix of small shops, restaurants, cafes, bookshops, and living quarters are disappearing. I always find that a real pity. What remains are either closed shop facades - or a weird conglomerate of insurances shops, fast-food diners, barbers and banks. Brr.

However, you certainly put the facade into the limelight. And for a 1600 ISO shot it's certainly virtually noise-free.

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