8 Miles

What do you do when it gets in the 60s in February in Rochester, NY? In my case, you use a personal day you have to spend by July 1st. With looming unemployment bearing down on me and a case of the winter blues, a good walk is what I knew I needed. I of course brought my camera. Normally I would fire whatever social media app I was using and send messages to some local people to see if they would like to join me. I’m not on social media anymore. I can’t say if it is a break or a complete farewell to Instagram or Twitter. I can say is that I do not miss either at the moment. Nothing has changed in my life other than that I do not feel the need to see what’s going on in the world. It’s not that I don’t care, I just prefer to get my news and personal relationships to be outside of an app. To me, the apps replaced making an effort and has made lazier and ignorant people even more lazier and ignorant (and amplified).

I woke up normally like any other day, had breakfast with my girlfriend and left the apartment when she left work. My first stop was to go to Java’s to get a coffee. On the way, I bumped into another local street photographer I had yet to meet (but knew on social media), Dan Witkowski. I wouldn’t bump into anyone else I know for the day. I did, though, meet a few interesting people/strangers who would like to talk about cameras, photography, haircuts or birds.

Near Java’s and Eastman School of Music

Near Java’s and Eastman School of Music

Who can resist morning light on some interesting architecture?

Who can resist morning light on some interesting architecture?

I asked if he needed help and got a few photos.

I asked if he needed help and got a few photos.

After finishing my coffee and middling around the East End, I made my way back to downtown to find business people and lawyers. The light was like Golden Hour all day.

After finishing my coffee and middling around the East End, I made my way back to downtown to find business people and lawyers. The light was like Golden Hour all day.

TARO is everywhere. I always get their tag when I see a new to me one.

TARO is everywhere. I always get their tag when I see a new to me one.

Rochester logo and sparks.

Rochester logo and sparks.

The Four Corners Building is ugly.

The Four Corners Building is ugly.

This guy watched me make photos for an hour. I’d loop a three block radius to make good use of the light. Once he was alone and without a client (think he’s a defense attorney), I got him watching me.

This guy watched me make photos for an hour. I’d loop a three block radius to make good use of the light. Once he was alone and without a client (think he’s a defense attorney), I got him watching me.

Rochester buses never wait a couple extra seconds for someone trying to get their bus. She missed her bus.

Rochester buses never wait a couple extra seconds for someone trying to get their bus. She missed her bus.

Having an apartment downtown is convenient to getting to work, which is also downtown. I also love how I can literally walk out the door and start making photos. As luck would have it, I was able to catch these two guys after lunch.

Having an apartment downtown is convenient to getting to work, which is also downtown. I also love how I can literally walk out the door and start making photos. As luck would have it, I was able to catch these two guys after lunch.

The next few shots are around Dinosaur BBQ and the old subway. The city decided best use of the space was to destroy the old subway and put up cookie cutter expensive condos while destroying decades of art and a free open air gallery and studio. I have a feeling the new walkway and condos will be heavily instagramed once finished.

The next few shots are around Dinosaur BBQ and the old subway. The city decided best use of the space was to destroy the old subway and put up cookie cutter expensive condos while destroying decades of art and a free open air gallery and studio. I have a feeling the new walkway and condos will be heavily instagramed once finished.

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Bob Lonsberry, local talkshow guy, in the wild.

Bob Lonsberry, local talkshow guy, in the wild.

The store in the middle is now gone. Would make a nice gallery.

The store in the middle is now gone. Would make a nice gallery.

Color on Monroe Ave.

Color on Monroe Ave.

I walked approximately 8 miles overall. I came out the end of it feeling a little sore but with a clear head and some photos for portfolio and archive.

I walked approximately 8 miles overall. I came out the end of it feeling a little sore but with a clear head and some photos for portfolio and archive.