I successfully completed the 2nd annual 52-Week Photo Challenge and am anxiously awaiting August lst when I will once again participate in the 3rd annual challenge. Our 2014 – 2015 themes are posted and I am dusting off my Nikon and cleaning the lens! I can’t wait to see how my fellow bloggers will interpret the themes. Let the fun begin!
For my last photo of this year’s 52-Week Photo Challenge, I have chosen to photograph Rembrandt’s Coffee House, a favorite early morning spot where I often enjoy a pastry, cappuccino or latte. Located on a tree-lined street on a hill in the museum district in Chattanooga, it is a quiet, quaint spot with outdoor seating underneath a flowering, vine-covered canopy. Once an apartment building reminiscent of European architecture, the building is now filled with various forms of art and, of course, the coffee house. I like how it looks in black and white.
Distortion is often the result when shooting with a wide angle lens. Although the bridge is distorted, I was somewhat pleased with the overall appearance of this photo, which I took with a Tokina 11-16mm lens at the waterline of the Tennessee River.
As the 52-Week Photo Challenge nears an end, I am getting more and more anxious as it is getting more difficult to find a suitable subject for the last few themes. On this evening, Mike and I were driving around in the North Shore district of Chattanooga and as we drove over this hill he pointed out the view of the City and suggested I use this for my over the hill theme. From this vantage point, over the hill and across the city’s walking bridge is the heart of the city of Chattanooga, TN. When in Chattanooga, this is oftentimes where you will find me in the evenings, whether it is eating at one of the many restaurants or walking through the park.
Chattanooga, TN, my hometown, is the fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River. Surrounded by Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Elder Mountain and Missionary Ridge, the city sits in a “teacup” and is quite picturesque. As a little girl, the main industry was manufacturing but now is tourism. There is always something to do whether it be the many festivals downtown on the weekends, boating on the Tennessee River, hiking the various mountains, hang gliding, and much more. This photo will give you just a small sample of its beauty.
“If that’s a sign, then I’m a doughnut hole,” was the headline of an article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Friday, June 20, 2014. For 31 years, a building and adjacent Koch Bakery have been owned by a third generation pastry maker who is 81 years old and still working 6 days a week behind the counter of her beloved bakery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During that time, she lost her husband and two sons while singlehandedly supporting her three grandchildren, to build the most beloved bakery in town. She has sent her grandchildren to college from what she earned at the bakery. Although the dingy building was not physically attached to her bakery, she looked at it every time she pulled into her parking space. “Wouldn’t it be more beautiful,” she thought, “if a mural were painted on it which would turn the old dingy building into art?” Afterall, other murals are painted on various buildings on and around the location. That’s exactly what she did one day when she hired an artist, not a sign painter, to paint it with “flying doughnuts” at a cost of $11,000 out of her own pocket. Everyone admired the new piece of art … except the City government’s sign inspector who walked in one day last week and told her it had to be painted over because, although there was no writing and not attached to her bakery, it was advertisement of her business. This caused quite a stir in the community, who thought the inspector was unreasonable and out of control. In protest, the people of Chattanooga went into the bakery daily to sign a petition to leave the mural in place and to buy doughnuts not only for themselves but for the City Commission meeting scheduled for today, June 24th. At the time we went into the pastry shop last Saturday, over 1,000 signatures were on the petition and 31 dozen doughnuts had already been purchased for delivery to the City Commission meeting. By the time of the meeting today, 54 dozen doughnuts had been purchased and delivered to the City Commission meeting in protest of the City inspector’s decision. At the meeting this evening, the City Attorney suggested that the City Commissioners make a decision to study the sign ordinance more closely and postpone a decision until that is done. Hopefully when this is all said and done, it will be decided to leave the little lady and her mural alone and let her continue directing her attention to making the best doughnuts in town.