Saint John stroll 04/16

Took some time out to shoot a roll and relax this week, thought I’d share my high hit-rate with the world. Fed the HP5 a little more light than box speed, and it delivered in spades as always. 

Everybody gets bored with their hometown, but it’s always hiding something interesting if you take the time to look. Saint John is an old city. Trinity Royal is filled with stone and brick buildings dating from around 1877 when most of the city was rebuilt after a fire. They call it the Great Fire, but I suppose every old city has burned to the ground at one point or another and call their fire that.

Either way, I explored the back alleys for most of this roll and paid attention to things I’d usually walk past. I found some nifty shots and a lot more excellent street-art than I expected.

These are two sides of the same corner, Grannan Street, between Germain and Canterbury.

Pigeon and Twins
Pigeon and Twins
Obscured
Obscured

These two are in the alley between Germain and Charlotte.

Glass
Glass
Just like flies
Just like flies

Germain
Germain

One thing I’ve always admired about the brick buildings in uptown Saint John are the painted advertisements. Here you can make out Shamrock Plug Tobacco and Coca-Cola, Prince William and Duke. Would be so sweet to see these repainted.

Old School
Old School

My favourite building in the city is a 5-story Italianate on the corner of Princess and Water. It was originally a liquor store in the late 1800s.

Escape
Escape
Face
Face

Jardine's Alley
Jardine’s Alley

Recently the Hooper statues have been redone and look just great in front of Barbour’s General Store.

Tuppence a bag
Tuppence a bag

All in all, this was a great day. A pretty good hit rate also. I was happy with 10 shots of 12.


Images here are from the Rolleiflex MX, Ilford HP5+ in Ilfosol3, scanned with an Epson 3200.

 

 

 

 

3 Replies to “Saint John stroll 04/16”

  1. My favorite piece of graffiti (I think?) in the area used to be in that alley between Charlotte and Germain but I think it’s gone now. All it was was block text saying “NEED INSURAN” and then paint dripping off at the end. Always figured it was some dying guy’s last perfectly stenciled gasp, unfinished.

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