I recently had the chance to enter a local photography competition. The theme was the human element in black and white. The only two rules were that it had to be black and white and have only one person in it. If you have seen my portfolio, you know that quite a bit of my work is dedicated to street photography. I was torn between entering a photo representing what I do best or trying to do something different. I decided to leave my comfort zone.
I do try to hide my legs because of the fact that I no longer shave them. I get angry with myself for not just owning it. I mean, I shouldn’t be doing it, if I’m going to be ashamed of it, right? And it’s not that I worry about people making fun of me. I don’t really care about that. But I know that it does gross some people out. I don’t blame them for that. It’s outside of their scope. We’ve been told that smooth women are sexy and clean. If they aren’t smooth everywhere, then they are dirty. The hair on my legs is course and thick. I had to use that horrible hair removal stuff that stinks and itches. Shaving too me ages and I would go through razor blades like cookies. So, I decided I just was not going to do it anymore. It’s been two years.
Those are my legs (I’m a woman). No, I don’t shave anymore. Because I don’t want to. Also, I was dancing a little to create that movement.
When it’s time to rest my feet, it’s time to sit.
My right foot leads. My toes are long and my legs are hairy.
I entered “De Feet” into the Human Element competition. When I got there to drop off my image, I felt weird. I knew that people would ask who the model is. Most people thought it was a man’s legs in a skirt. Then the other photos were mostly portraits or street photography and they were amazing. I got a little angry with myself. The part that hates myself was berating, “why do you always get it wrong?!” But the part that loves myself, the one that’s been fighting to get out for years, said, “different isn’t wrong, dammit.”
Different isn’t wrong
And that is true. I won 5th place out of 28 entries, not bad for an image so different from the others. I had several people tell they love it. Although, one person said she loves it, but still “wants to shave them legs.”
A new gallery with some of my images in living spaces. Ever wonder what it would look like on the wall? I used an extension for Photoshop created by Giovanni Allievi. Visit his page and check out his work and if you can purchase the extension there as well.
A gallery of travel maps in place
They look great in these spaces. The soft, muted tones look great on dark walls or light. Did you know that you can purchase my prints already framed? It makes decorating so much easier.
A photo of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest is composited with an antique map of Budapest
A composite map of Budapest with an antique map and a recent photo of the Budapest Parliament Building
A photo of the iconic London Red phone booth is composited with an antique map of London and a modern map of the Underground.
Great for a long skinny space. Like over a door or window or even a fireplace!
An antique map of Bohemia, an antique drawing of the city, and a modern photo of the old city skyline make up this cool travel map.
Some more of my favorites
Food art for the kitchen. Or travel photography from central Europe. Check out my Americana gallery for images of American cities and towns.
Buskin on the Danube
Buick 8 front end
Polish Market Meat
White dogwood blossoms in the spring are a favorite in East Tennessee
I haven’t written a blog in awhile. I don’t know why. I guess I haven’t had much to say. I don’t have much to say today either. Enjoy this gallery of new photos. I’ve been running around Kentucky and Knoxville taking photos. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Feel free to also share your own gallery.
Downtown Knoxville, TN
The Howard Baker Courthouse in downtown Knoxville, Tn in black and white
You may recall that we made a quick stop in Loudon on a previous Tuesday Trekkin’. I decided we should go back during the day and check out the town. We decided to try the back way into town and got a little lost. But it wouldn’t be a Tuesday without a little diversion.
A great lunch
Once we arrived, we had an excellent low key lunch at Annabell’s Emporium. We both had soup and quiche. He had the Italian Wedding Soup. I had the tomato bisque. Both were spot on.
A large mural is painted on the side of Annabell’s Emporium. Inside there is a small cafe and plenty of beautiful antiques.
After lunch, we made our way around town. We found some interesting empty buildings. It always breaks my heart when I go to these small towns and see so many empty shops and buildings. And these were some pretty cool places that are just begging for love and art.
An old caboose is parked at the historic train depot in Loudon, TN
A boutique in Loudon, TN.
There has been a funeral home at this location in Loudon since 1916. It is currently owned and run by the McGill family
The Lyric Theatre in Loudon, TN
The historic Loudon Courthouse
The Friendly Florist seems to be closed for good.
The Acme Hospital Equipment Co. is also closed for good.
A gorgeous, brick building in Loudon, TN. It is empty but full of potential.
The Loudon Train Depot houses the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and also has a cool caboose out front.
More Empty Places
After seeing these historic brick buildings, we rounded a corner and saw this place. It is the old Bacon Creamery / Hosiery and later Hutch Manufacturing. But now it is empty and falling apart. I appreciate beauty in decay. However, I wish it were full of people working and building and making.
A very detailed, metal awning on the now empty Hutch Plant in Loudon
One of several covered walkways between the buildings of the Hutch plant in Loudon
a different view of the Hutch plant
Empty water tower frames in Loudon, TN.
Exterior Sprinkler Alarm on the old Hutch Manufacturing Plant in Loudon
The company will not be responsible for loss or damage to cars or contents while parked on company property.
Hutch is no longer in business. The plant is empty and rotting. But the offices seem to be used by the local utility company.
Tuesday Trekkin’ is fun for us. We see so many new and different things. Places that I did not know existed and would never have found if we didn’t just start wondering around. We will be taking a little break. But hope to be back trekkin’ soon!
Prints are available from all of the Tuesday Trekkin’ blogs here.
The weekly photo challenge is sweet. I don’t eata lot of sweets on a regular basis. But I do tend to splurge a bit when I travel. When I was Richmond, VA, I went to a local Farmer’s Market where there was a donut truck. People were lined up for these donuts. Once I had one, I knew why. They were delicious! The donut makers were also nice enough to allow me to take some photos.
A woman cuts circles in dough. The dough balls will soon be donuts.
Dough balls that will shaped into hot donuts
Hot donuts drip glaze inside the window of a food truck at the Farmer’s Market in Richmond, VA.
We finally got back on the road for Tuesday Trekkin’. My Tuesdays have turned into take the cat to the vet day. We have 6 cats and 4 of them are seniors, so vet visits are a way of life. Anyway, back to the real reason we’re here.
Plans? What plans?
We had been planning to go to Jonesborough, the first town in Tennessee. However, plans are more like suggestions for us, so that didn’t happen. It was cold and I didn’t fancy walking around outside in the cold. We decided a car ride might be a better option. We could see things and still enjoy the heated seats. There was also the lure of possible snow in the mountains. Snow can make pretty pictures.
We planned to eat at a bbq place in Townsend, but we got there and it was closed for the season. We found a great little Italian place, Brianna’s Italian Restaurant and Cuisine, just down the road instead. It proved to be a happy accident. Walt had the stromboli and I had the eggplant parmesan. Both were excellent! We will definitely be going back.
Cades Cove was a bit of a disappointment as there was only a bit of snow here and there. Winter in the mountains is brown. Cades Cove is a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road is an 11 mile loop where you can see tons of wildlife, some old historic cabins, and a few old churches. We took the shortcut though and saw none of that. Onward we went.
They just blew a whole in the mountain and made a tunnel.
The trees are bare and there is a dusting of snow. You know that water is cold!
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is full of trails and paths
Winter in the Cove is quiet.
Walt decided we might try Elkmont, but the sun was setting fast. We weren’t sure we’d make it in time. They close a lot of the roads after dark due to possible hazardous conditions in the winter. But we made it! I had not been there before and found it pretty cool. It’s a small resort community in the mountains where people could stay in the summer. Most of the leases were up in 2001. After that, it became a ghost town. The Wonderland Hotel was once in this area, but in 2005 it collapsed. Most of the historical items were removed and a small annex was left. The annex burned down in 2016.
Several houses in the Elkmont Community are still standing and in decent shape.
A log cabin in the Elkmont Community
A summer cabin in the Elkmont resort community
The steps to the Wonderland Hotel
Sitting on the steps that go up to the ruins of the Wonderland Hotel
The chimney of the Wonderland Hotel stands alone at sunset in Elkmont.
An old sink from the ruins of the Wonderland Hotel.
I found an old hard drive with some photos and thought I might breath a new life into some of them. That led me to rework a couple more recent photos as well.
The Noshville sign was located in Nashville, TN. I took this photo in 2011 with an old, lo-res camera. The file is small so larger prints are not available. But smaller sizes are available.
The JFG sign is a recent pic. I wanted the final to have a vintage feel just like the signs themselves.
The sign for the Noshville Delicatessen in Midtown Nashville, TN.
A male Cardinal in all his bright red glory and a female, less colorful but still beautiful.
The JFG Building in Old City section of Knoxville, TN. I’ve aged and toned it to give it a true vintage feel.
Main street station in Richmond, VA. It’s after dark and the lights are on. The clouds are thick and rolling in.
For the birds
I took these photos back in 2014. I wanted to do a series on birds because we have so many blue birds and cardinals. But that proved to be easier said than done. So, I haven’t pursued that much since.
Main Street Station in the Shockoe Bottom community in the city of Richmond, VA. I wanted a vintage feel, like it was taken in the early 20th century. Instead, I got eerie, but that’s cool. I like that too. Here is the original.