Tag Archives: Atlanta

Goats, Kudzu, and Rotted Wood Walk into a Bar…

5 Mar

Bick wall, hole in the wall, Goat Farm Atlanta

…there’s no punchline. Becuase there’s no joke.
Not really surprised, are you?

What’s incredible, though, is how these three come together and create compelling space. Yes, I said “compelling.”

Humans flock to the Goat Farm in industrial Atlanta for the cool, run down buildings aside the train tracks. Photo clubs (like mine) are in heaven. Funky weddings, trendy businesses, clever adjectives paired with benign nouns.

That Was Then, This Is Now
Once a cotton gin, there are 12 dilapidated buildings on the 12 acre property. Crumbling brick; facades overgrown with kudzu (the fastest growing plant in the South that’s practically un-killable); broken windows; rotted wood. Basically a dream come true…as long as you’ve had your tetanus shot.

Now it’s glory for artists, and goats. Becuase they go together like peanut butter and jelly. I didn’t know why it was called the goat farm until I actually stumbled upon some goats. That part is rather hidden despite being the namesake and all.

Americana the Beautiful
Places like this, tucked away where you don’t expect to find them, are the lore of Americana. History and production. Creativity and productivity. Turning a space inside out. It’s American. It’s Beautiful.

What spaces have you discovered – in your hometown or on the road?

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City Girl Takes to the…City

20 Feb

Fairlie Poplar photo walk, Atlanta, iron awning, architecture, photographySometimes the only escape you need is from the house. Same city, practically same neighborhood, but with a whole new perspective.

The photo club took a walk through a downtown neighborhood, the Fairlie Poplar district of Atlanta. Looking at architecture, street flotsam and jetsam, and people’s interaction with space.

We ran across a chess game in the park, abandoned buildings, reflections in glass and of Atlanta’s growth.

There were photo walks around the world on this same weekend: 1,118 of them!

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Cemeteries: History and Mystery

4 Nov

Crosses at Oakland Cemetery AtlantaA tour at the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is an opportunity to roam among towering trees, sculpted marble, and cobblestone pathways. Over 70,000 souls are buried here and tour guides quickly disclaim that you won’t see them all in a single visit.

You do see the symbolism, the love, the humor.

Graves of some are positioned facing the entrance to watch all who come to call, while city leaders are angled to oversee the growth of the metropolis.

Famous folks include golfer Bobby Jones and author of (my favorite book) Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. And of course Civil War tales abound.

I’ve been to Oakland before; been on the tour in fact, and it’s worth multiple visits. A different guide introduces you to something new. And as long you pay respect to the space, an historic cemetery is a wonderful way to learn about the lore and history of any city, but I happen to think it’s most compelling for where you live.

Where do you go to learn about a place?

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