Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sepia Scenes #33: My Old Hood


"My Old Hood"
Raleigh, NC - December 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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I don't know where this little corner store got its name, but it cried out to be photographed as I was touring East Raleigh on Christmas Eve 2008. I spent my early childhood not far from here and I was surprised to note that in the almost 40 years since then the area hasn't changed all that much. Yes, the demographics have changed, but the neighborhood really hasn't. A bit more tired looking and ragged around the edges, but fundamentally the same. I'm not sure if that's more comforting or disturbing. I suppose that depends on whether you consider it to be stability or stagnation.Violence UnSilenced
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20 comments:

Beth F said...

You are so right that this cried out to be photographed. And lovely in sepia. I really should play more with B&W and sepia.

alphawoman said...

I love places like this. They also cry out the memory of all the people who passed through the door, passed infront of the store, rushed down the street, generations after generation...great photo.

Daryl said...

Its kinda sad but I do love its a better trade market vs a regular or high test trade ..

Mariz said...

I suddenly had flashbacks of the old stores (much smaller than this one though) I frequent when I was a kid, and how my friends and I used to hang out there to check out new goodies..ahhh, memories... I guess that's what I love about sepia... it's synonymous to nice, old memories, imho.

Annie said...

The is something so bittersweet and nostalgic about this building. I try to imagine it as it must have been when it was new and was also, perhaps, a neighborhood hangout where people shared gossip, news, opinions, etc.

Deb said...

Great name! great story! great photo!

maryt/theteach said...

Thomas Wolfe said: "You can't go home again," or can you Mojo? I like the simplicity of the shot! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Shadow said...

...that's seen beeter days.

Kahshe Cottager said...

What an interesting little store. I bet it has some stories to tell! It looks great in sepia!

ewok1993 said...

This image in sepia looks like we just step back decades in time. Very nicely done and presented.

Carletta said...

I love how the outside is the same as it probably was 40 years ago. I like towns and communities that preserve and keep the original architecture despite the new found merchandise that might be inside.
Great choice Mojo!

NicoleB said...

I agree with ewok, this feels like time warp.
I'm thrown back into the seventies.
Great job with the pic!

Robin said...

The very appropriate to the image way you've processed this one definitely says stagnation over stability.

Great job Mojo.

Ralph said...

If not for the modern mirror on your vehicle, I feel that I have been transported 90-100 years ago to a totally different place and time. Sepia makes this view look so proper...

PJ said...

That's a perfect photo, Mojo. I love everything about it, especially the mirror tucked in at the edge. I feel like I'm right there.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

There's only a fine line between stability and stagnation. ;-)

This is a successful yet harmless drive-by shooting, Mojo.

napaboaniya said...

I believe this place has got a history of its own. Might be a happy one, might be a tragic one. Often we take pictures of places, some we simply hit the shutter some we stop to ponder about.
For this, it triggered your mind on your younger days I'm sure.

Vita Stunder said...

I totally agree with you Mojo..
This just cries out to be photographed..

Awesome shot with great tonings!

I've got a bit creepy feeling when I look at this picture.
It speaks a certain language, you know.
I do my best to listen to what it says.

Melli said...

Yea... that little market looks like it's seen better days - but it was perfect for sepia! I grew up in a weeeee little row house in the NW section of Washington, DC and I was SO disappointed when I went back to find that the "old neighborhood" was now Neiman Marcus! But for the people who LIVE there... I guess that's a good thing. And the people who used to live where Neiman Marcus is PROBABLY got a pretty penny for their homes!

kaye said...

I liked EG's comment--drive by shooting :) great shot, I think you nailed it. Hope you can stop by to see my sepia scene and window views Thanks!