Re-Opening Downtown in Color and B/W

This is the back of several buildings on Salem Avenue.
This would normally be a black and white shot, but the fire escape is so distinctive, I had to let it keep its color.

We know well about the best-laid plans of mice and other warm-blooded beings.

Today was my turn. The goal was to shoot some black and white atmospheric shots of downtown Roanoke on a Saturday when people were beginning to fear COVID19 less than they fear being in the house for another day.

It just didn’t work out that way. Sometimes, it’s best to let things be what they are, so I have a mixture of color photos, black and white photos and black and white/color photos.

So, if you have a preference, it’s here.

This is the back of a group of old warehouses seen from Campbell Avenue.
This is The Park, which used to be called a gap bar/night club, but is now an LGBTQ bar/night club on Salem Ave. Guess how I can tell.
Outside the Samaratin Inn, where the downtrodden go.
City Market was given a little joy with this flower vendor, one of the few people selling anything today.
People looking for something to buy. Without success.
This young woman bent like a pretzel.
Stop and look at this old bank building. (Get it? Get it?)
Fire escapes and brick are great in black and white.
Wisdom of the parking garage wall.
And more of the same. The garage is on Campbell Ave.
This building is being renovated. Can’t wait to ee what it becomes.
Try this in black and white …
… or maybe this.
What it looks like to be blown away.
I like the homemade signs in this business.
Who could resist this?
Just a door. Made of wood.
Diners are creeping back outside.
We always wonder what’s behind the green door.
This modest building houses an executive car rental company. The cars look to be worth more than the building.
An old pal of mine used to use this former church to record music. Said the acoustics were nearly perfect.
A little bright spot on a side street.
The old Jefferson High School (now the Jefferson Center) is always stately, especially with its red doors.
This is the gabled roof of a downtown home.
It used to be Aesy’s Confectionery, but it didn’t have candy. So it changed its name to Aesy’s Restaurant.
This row of buildings on Campbell Avenue deserves every bit of its color.


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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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