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Deep Ellum Brewing Company Tap Room

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company Tap Room

In the past few months, I promised myself to start photographing places that I have had good experiences at whether it be local or not so local.  Call it an editorial series, call it what you want, but the purpose is simply to show off some places that are doing it right. The series started with a trip to Vagabond in Lower Greenville, in Dallas.  You can check out that editorial HERE (http://www.jesseford.net/blog/vagabond) 

This post is featuring the Deep Ellum Brewery.  DEBC the recently opened a taproom/bar so that you can experience their great brews on days other than the designated tour days.  That being said, It's interesting to watch the Dallas beer scene evolve and since going to DEBC on one of their opening weekends, it's always a positive thing to see it turn into what it has become.  DEBC still runs their Saturday tours but with the addition of the Taproom, you can grab a delicious glass of DEBC beer any day of the week.  

Here's to the growth of the local breweries here in Dallas and if you haven't checked out DEBC's new Taproom, here are a few images from.  For more information about DEBC - Check out their website here...  Cheers!


shot with the Fuji X100s





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Streets of Baltimore - College Park - MSU VS Maryland

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Streets of Baltimore - College Park - MSU VS Maryland

Something that I am vowing to do this year is to travel more and travel without necessarily a purpose.  I've become very fond of the quick weekend.  Hopefully I can expand on these types of trips to capture new places and faces.  Whether it's visiting friends or taking random journeys, I'm look forward to capturing fun times this year.....  Unfortunately, there is so much to see and such very little time.  

As far pictures go, one strength I feel that I have as a photographer is telling a story visually and with that being said this is a visual documentation of our trip to the Greater Baltimore area, enjoy.....and I'm still pissed I didn't meet Omar!!


Shot with the Fuji X-T1, Minolta 135mm F3.5 MD, Fuji 56mm F1.2, Fuji 14mm F2.8, Fuji 23mm F1.4


ARRIVAL


STREETS

RJ BENTLEY'S

PRE-GAME


GAME

END OF THE ROAD

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Detroit - Michigan Central Station - Heidelberg - Detroit Industrial Gallery

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Detroit - Michigan Central Station - Heidelberg - Detroit Industrial Gallery

DETROIT - OCTOBER 2014

Last October I took a trip back home and had a chance to stop in Detroit for a few photos.  Detroit is an interesting place.  You can consider it a city on the rebound, a decaying city, a city that has potential or a city with no future.  It all varies from the viewpoint of who you talk to.  Regardless, I hope that my home state's major city continues to move forward in a positive way.  It can be done!

 

If you've never been down to the city, there are talks that the old Michigan Central Station is going to be renovated.  You can read more about it here: LINK.  The building has been in decay for years, nonetheless it is a beautiful structure.  It will be interesting to see if such a historic building can be restored.  

There are also a few photos from The Heidelberg project which is a bit of a reclamation project in its own right.  Think of a very eclectic art exhibit, the twist is the art exhibit is the integrated into the neighborhood itself.  Also on site is the Detroit Industrial Gallery from artist Tim Burke.  You can learn more about the exhibit here.

If you're ever in the Detroit area these areas are definitely worth checking out.   

Now...picture time...I decided to process these in black and white.  Generally when you see photos of the Heidelberg Project, the photos are exhibited in color (it is a very colorful art exhibit, which makes sense)  However, I wanted to take a different approach with these images.  Enjoy.


Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Zeiss 12mm F2.8 Touit, Fuji 56mm F1.2


MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION

HEIDELBERG PROJECT

DETROIT INDUSTRIAL GALLERY



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Art Alexakis - Everclear - Awesome

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Art Alexakis - Everclear - Awesome

 ART ALEXAKIS - EVERCLEAR

I have quite a few bucket list groups/bands that I need to see.  The problem is, I hate going to festivals and large shows.  I'm not a young whipper snapper anymore and fighting 10,000 people to simply get close to an artist isn't worth it.  I went to Woodstock in 1999 and had a blast, but I don't think I could sustain it at 35 years old any more!  Everclear and Art played at Woodstock but as I recall I was hanging around the other stage to catch the Foo Fighters.  The Foo Fighters cancelled and G. Love stepped in, at the time I was disappointed as I didn't get to see Foo, when I could have seen Everclear.  However,G. Love made an impression and I have seen them numerous times over the years from that set. 

There are a lot of bands I want to see but I don't want to pay $80 for a ticket to be stuck with a 600 yard view.  It's just not fun any more.  I recently received some tickets to see Radiohead at the AAC in Dallas and while the show was cool I felt no attachment in a 20,000 seat venue. 

The point of this long winded story is that I have a handful of artists that I need to see before I pass and I prefer to see them in a small intimate setting.  I still haven't seen the Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters (and probably won't for a while because of my aforementioned point), Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, and a few others that I can't think of right now.  I'd love to see Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustically but I think that ship has sailed.  One of the best shows I've seen in the last five years was Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

The beauty of getting older is that some of your favorite artists aren't playing huge venues and you can catch them in an intimate setting.  I was fortunate to being able to jam out to with Mr. Art Alexakis, the frontman for Everclear.

Art is currently pre-touring on a solo acoustic set, it almost has an VH1/MTV Storytellers (if you can remember those, when MTV actually played music) vibe.  While Everclear won't be mistaken for Led Zeppelin or the Beatles, Everclear is a band that has always made an impression on me.  I have always loved the simplicity and songwriting.  Art has an ability to portray his life in an honest way, very introspective and full of humility.  It takes a lot of guts to write music that talks about your own personal life and he does that graciously.   So, while Taylor Swift sings about haters hating and players playing, guys like Art tell stories about their lives thru music.  This is what I try to do that thru my photos. 

I was happy to have shook his hand personally and thanked him for writing such great music over the years.  Listen to songs like Drama King, I Will Buy You a New Life and Father of Mine.....there are great songs thru their entire discography.

As for the show is was great!  Art even brought people out of the crowd to sing backup and play the keytar!  Love it!

Cheers to Art and Everclear and Art if this blog post finds you I'd love to shoot your band for a few tour stops!


shot with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and Fujinon 56mm F1.2 lens




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Go Green!  A trip to East Lansing

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Go Green! A trip to East Lansing

Not a lot of editing here, just a handful of photos from home.  East Lansing and Michigan State University has meant a lot to me.  I could say it's where I discovered who I was, created a handful of lifelong friendships and relationships.  The photos are just simply to document the trip but I can't say enough about the campus in the fall, it's beautiful.  

Val, Karsun and I wish we could be there to see the Spartans take on the Buckeyes, but there will be another time for that.  It was a nice victory over our rivals, the University of Michigan (35-11).  Hopefully in about 6 hours I'll be celebrating another big win over Ohio State!  GO GREEEEEEEEEEENNNN!


all images shot with the Fuji X100s, Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4 and Fuji 56mm F1.2


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