I always seem to luck into one crazy adventure or another, and one trip I will never ever pass up is a photo tour with the infamous super photg Gordon Bombay. Ronnie, aka Gordon Bombay was downtown to shoot Tower place mall and when he said it I mentally checked up and thought WHOOAAA, a mall isn't officially abandoned until it gets the full on Queen City Discovery treatment. Then you can stick a fork in it, its done. It did set me back for a second because I walk through Tower Place on an almost daily basis. Tower Place is still a living space for me. Except it really isn't. It withered up and died and I never even noticed. Like the flowers in the vase that one afternoon you realize are dried up but you have no idea how they got that way. The mall is so familiar I had no interest in shooting it, but I excitedly suggested Pogues Garage which I had never been in and wanted to explore.
Pogue's? Where the heck did that come from? Not being a native I hear all these names and never stop to think about them. It was always "that ugly garage on 4th" to me.
The H. & S. Pogue Dry Goods Company was a big deal back in the day it seems. And when the garage was built for the store, the 2nd floor walkway was called the ice cream bridge and a soda fountain of a demolished pharmacy from Mariemont was located on it. Every floor of the garage was named after a flavor of ice cream that they served.
Enough history, we walked around shooting pictures and eventually two security guards appeared to harass us.
I finally feel like I made it as a street photographer.
Harassed by the man! yeah!
High five me someone.
Ok whatever but it was a blast.