Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Twofold Trip

Debi Beauregard and I drove over to Port Arthur yesterday.

I went because that is where Janet was born and that is where I am starting the Highway 287 Project (even though I have already photographed Woodville, that was for practice.) We both went because the next competition at NWHPC is on Urban Decay. The downtown area of Port Arthur is almost a ghost town. It is very reminiscent of places like Detroit but on a smaller scale. We did photographs for both.

This is one of my favorite Urban Decay shots.

We photographed along Lakeshore Drive doing Rose Hill, White Haven, the Pompeiiean Villa, the Masonic Temple, the Vuylsteke home, the Lamar University campus and ended at The Museum of the Gulf Coast. It was a very tiring day. We stopped at the Visitor's Center in the Civic Center and asked about places to eat. The guy asked what type of food we were looking for and I told him that we were interested in the places that the locals go like the small cafes on courthouse squares. Well, I knew that Port Author didn't have a courthouse square but they apparently don't have small cafes where the locals go either. LOL As usual we ended up at a barbecue joint.

Got some good photographs. Especially enjoyed photographingg in the museum.

Buu Mon Buddhis Temple (originally a Baptist Church)
Rose Hill

White Haven

Port Arthur native, Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic Porche (replica) and Sculpture of Janis
Works of Robert Raschenberg, another Port Arthur native

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