Today we went to the Super H Mart in Doraville, GA. This area is pretty ethnically diverse, with different sections of Buford Highway catering to different cultural groups—Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hispanic, etc. I personally like getting out there when I get a chance to, so I can experience small parts of a very big culture (why go to Starbucks every day when you can get a can of coffee beans from Café du Monde in New Orleans or Shirakiku Ramun drink?).
An avoider of crowds, heat, and loud noises, I wasn’t looking forward to Bonnaroo. Ryan knew it, everyone knew it. I thought it would be some kind of third world country where people were clawing over each other for the last pizza crust, burning up in the sweltering Tennessee heat and drinking warm, flat PBR. I was reassured the whole week before and the whole drive up, but still felt nervous.
While researching for some side projects, I came across these animated neon signs from last December (created by Michael Whaite). An commenter on Imgur pointed out that a lot of these wouldn’t make functioning neon signs in real life, because the tubes would cross, but I like how these posters still keep the same aesthetic.
Shaky Knees was my first experience at a real-life music festival (in my hometown, no less), and I got to go with Paste! I’m exploring shooting street style at festivals and events, and the overcast lighting was a good time to practice (in between downpours). Check out my first gallery here. I had a great time running into friends and musicians alike, and here are some my favorite pictures.
In high school, my friends and I considered ourselves quite the urban explorers. We broke into abandoned insane asylums, prisons, and hiked around on the Beltline before it was paved and manicured into the urban beauty it is today. Back then, I had no idea what would come of the dilapidated old train tracks, but I’m so glad we took these pictures.
That bridge up ahead is North Highland Ave. Today, this pathway is filled with cyclists, walkers, runners, and everyone in between on their way to or from Piedmont Park (excuse the ugly pink purse, I made it myself and was very proud) (you know what, just excuse how we look in general, we were 16. I thought jorts were okay?).
These two pictures above are inside what is now Parish Market—it used to be an abandoned bank building! There was even a vault with a heavy metal door, and as we tiptoed inside to explore, I was terrified some evil stranger might come behind and slam it shut.
To the left of where this picture was taken is Two Urban Licks (you can see the Telephone Factory Lofts up ahead on the left). We met a guy here who told us they’d recently found a dead homeless person in the brush off to the right of this picture; it was in the news and everything. I was always the more cautious one, so after this I would go exploring with a knife and 911 ready on my phone.
The bridge overlooking North Ave/The Masquerade. You can also see the spot where the Old Fourth Ward Park is now—it used to be a dirt lot used for Masquerade parking.
And this amazing sight is the Ponce bridge! Probably one of the first parts of the Beltline I saw completed once they got started. Just check out the overgrowth past the bridge! This structure used to be incredibly ugly and unsafe, with open holes in the bridge that led directly to the street below. On the left, Ford Factory Lofts!
Eastside trail, leading up to Ponce City Market/Paris on Ponce. I can’t remember if PCM was still City Hall East at this point, or if it’d already been closed.
Nasty old fences, construction, and more decay. And me, wearing flip flops to trek through it.
I’m not even sure where this is specifically, I know it’s leading up to where Atlanta Beltline Bikes is now. A picture of teenage me on the bridge over Ralph McGill, you can see the Telephone lofts again on the right (and Ponce City Market way off in the distance).
Between you and me, internet, I’m loving the new look!
Back at the beginning of April I published an infographic on Paste, detailing how long it would take to watch various shows if you went from start to finish, nonstop. I took my time and made it as informative as possible. It did pretty well on our site, and I was proud of it.
I’ve really enjoyed setting up location-specific alerts, so that every picture Instagrammed in a certain location goes into a Dropbox I specify. Ryan and I went to Arcade Fire last night, but since we had lawn seats and were pretty far back, I was curious to see what people were grammin’ from up close! Here are my favorites.
I briefly worked at a tech incubator in Athens, GA called Four Athens, as their event coordinator and in-house designer. One of my main designy duties was to produce posters with startup-themed motivational posters. I had fun making these and playing with typographic arrangements!