I want to first start off stating that I do not live in Albuquerque, but outside of the city. So when I mention these outings to Albuquerque it is a big deal. Much like if you live outside of Boston and go into the city. Except I probably don’t have to travel that far. Today I decided to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, do my cameraless photowalk and go back to the place where I got creatively shy last week. If I was just going to walk around this time, it shouldn’t be so bad. I headed back downtown. To Central to be exact. Another note, Central is also the Historic Route 66 (the same one from the song). It used to be the street you stayed away from after dark (and I am sure it still sort of is) because that was where people went to spend their money on the wrong things. Anyway, they have done some major restorations in the downtown area.
I had a moment though, and I guess I thought I would find free parking farther away, but I had no money on me and all the parking was cash only meters. Luckily driving around downtown is a slow pace and I went around in circles trying to find free parking but also noticing everything I could. I saw exposed brick. Old buildings that have been fixed up. Condominiums and lofts that reminded me of Chicago and when I would ride the train to work and dream of living in one of the old brick warehouse turned lofts. There was an old building that someone started to renovate into lofts that would have been lovely, but is now just all boarded up. I saw old façade facing on a bank building. I saw a courtyard with a wonderful fountain surrounded by fall colored trees. The transportation center has the look of an old train station, very cool. And there were old brick warehouses. A huge brick building that is now (or maybe always was) a church. Everything was very historic looking and very non New Mexico. No stucco, flat roofs or adobe. If I were to have driven farther east I would have been in the UNM area again. And then Nob Hill. All areas I want to photowalk. Next weekend I will go back. I want to practice portraits of my son in front of those wonderful brick buildings. I will shoot that fountain with the fall foliage behind it. And texture everywhere.
I have had these driving moments before. I love to drive down this older street called Rio Grande. The one where I can’t find a place to park. I see things every time I drive down it I want to photograph. Hence, the want of a scooter. Last week I loaded my bike in the back of my car and went that route. It is a slow moving, two lane street with a bike path on both sides and no sidewalks. I couldn’t ride all the way I wanted to and actually walked the last mile stretch with my bike back in my car. I came away with some nice shots but needed better lighting conditions I learned later from what I saw on the camera. Boy, I sure would love that scooter right about now.
Before I went downtown, I actually ran a few errands. As I was walking up the sidewalk at Kohl’s I noticed a mint green old VW Bug. I went back to my car to get my camera and as I was taking the picture the owner walked up. I told her it was too cute to pass up and she told me it was a ‘71 made to look older with the bumper rail and the lights. The lights were cool. I put the picture through Pamela Topping’s Enchanted action and got this loveliness from it.