The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight opened at Sugar City on January 1, 2016 and we had a really great turn out opening night. The show was featured in both The Buffalo News and The Public. Here are a few shots of gallery goers checking out the work.
These are some of my pictures from another of David Torke’s amazing photography tours of Buffalo’s East Side.
The main event was hiking to the top of the gigantic snow mound formed from the nearly 7,000 truck loads of Lake Effect snow that was transported to Buffalo’s Central Terminal from South Buffalo and the southtowns after the historic “Snovember” storm of 2014. The mound is 40 to 50 feet high and provides a rare vantage point for shooting the Central Terminal and the surrounding neighborhood. The Central terminal is now being restored, but parts of it remain abandoned and run down. We made our way inside and explored as part of the tour as well.
Also pictured, scenes from the Belt Line and some neighborhood shots.
When I first moved to Buffalo for my MFA in photography in 2000, I spent a lot of time photographing all over the city for a project I was working on about abandoned toys. I found plenty of subjects for my project on Buffalo’s run down East Side and I became very familiar with the area.
Recently, when I saw a facebook invite from David Torke, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in his September edition of Tour de Neglect. David is a Buffalo photographer, blogger and community activist whose efforts to bring much needed love and attention to the East Side have been getting some impressive press lately. I’d read about past tours in various local publications and I was excited to get involved.
David’s efforts were recently featured in the Guardian and I am honored to have a couple of snaps I took on that ride included in the article by Ethan Powers.
One of the highlights of our trip to Prague was seeing the opera, Don Giovanni performed at the National Marionette Theatre. It was such a treat to see the show and the clever way the puppet masters were included into the production. The repertory of the Prague-based National Marionette Theatre includes Don Giovanni , The Magic Flute or The Magic Theatre of the Baroque World – Orfeo ed Euridice. I highly recommend making time to see a show if you are ever in the Stare Mesto area of Prague.
We’re heading to Austin, TX on Tuesday where our Texas adventure begins. I’m more or less tagging along for part one of the trip which will be some very cool talks at the University of Austin. And I’m looking forward to checking out the city. Austin is a destination that has been on my travel list for a long time.
For part two, everyone in their various groups will take 2 days to travel across the desert to Marfa, documenting along the way and sharing results in Marfa on day 3. I’ll be taking lots of photographs. We’ll be making our way through Big Bend country, passing through Fredricksburg, Johnson City, the LBJ Ranch, Marathon for dinner at the Gage Hotel and star gazing later in the evening. More to come…