As I said in my post yesterday, this was a busy weekend for me. The first of my adventures was a photo walk sponsored by Showcase Photo & Video and Fujifilm to Krog Street and the Atlanta Beltline. This was an amazing opportunity to go see a location that I have heard about over and over but as yet, had not seen.
The group met up at the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar at Ponce City Market. Accompanied by a number of pro photographers including Bob FitzGibbons from Showcase and Stacey Moore from Fujifilm, we were shuttled over to Krog Street the famous street-art covered tunnel that connects Cabbagetown and Inman Park.
At the tunnel, we did a model shoot (more on that later) and then made our way over toward Krog Street Market and the beltline.
The Krog Street tunnel is a constantly changing display of street-art (graffiti) mixed with miscellaneous posters and paintings advertising local destinations and events or just people making comments about what’s on their minds.
This is not what you would typically expect of a graffiti covered area in most cities. The area is heavily traveled and generally well-kept and the artwork is vivid and very interesting. With the development of the beltline as a pedestrian greenway, Krog Street has become a hip area and a destination for photo shoots of all kinds.
There are many locations in the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown Atlanta area that are marked with spray-painted tags. Some of those areas are pretty sketchy and I don’t think I would want to walk around them on my own. Krog Street, on the other hand, is pretty nice and I felt totally safe here. While we were shooting, there was a good amount of foot and bicycle traffic. There was also a professional tour group guiding people through the area and describing points of interest.
People walking through the area were all upbeat and friendly. Cars honked and waved as they passed by us and watched the crazy photographers and models wandering around. I have to say, if you have not been here, you are missing something special. It is a great place for colorful and interesting images of the art itself or as a backdrop for portraits or group events.
Here are a few shots of the tunnel and artwork there.
I will continue the saga of our photo walk on tomorrow’s post.
Tamron 16-300 zoom