Exploring Kaka’ako

Last weekend I had the pleasure of catching up with two photographer friends for separate explorations of the Kaka’ako area of Honolulu.  This area is symbolic of the growth and development of the city and we found an urban landscape that has changed dramatically over the years.

Block upon block of warehouses have become a canvas for street art that is created and celebrated during the annual PowWow! event.   Large scale street art covers almost every flat vertical surface in the area and it is such fun to see what is around every corner.

This small scale work made me stop for a second look – a big grin spread across my face and then I chuckled.  I love the sense of humor in this piece of street art found in an out of the way corner on one of the warehouses.  It would have been so easy to miss and I’m so glad it caught my eye!

A number of the warehouses in Kaka’ako have given way to condos and very modern mixed uses spaces.  Call it an urban revitalization or gentrification – old sits side by side with modern and new but it all seems to work together.  It seems as if the whole area has been given a new coat of paint…

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A Bulbous Shrub

It was hard to miss this big ball of greenery as I rounded the corner on one of my recent wanders through a neighborhood not far from my home.

How did this shrub get so large and who keeps it pruned into the almost perfect sphere that it is?  It definitely makes a statement and one that I couldn’t ignore!

This was the only image that I consider a keeper from a long, hot, walk at the wrong time of the day (if you follow all the rules for creating great photographs that is…).

I’m so glad I didn’t follow the rules as I think this is a fun image…

 

 

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Taking the Dog for a Walk

I’ve recently started bringing my camera along as I take our ever so cute miniature dachshund, Harry, out for walks.  This has come with mixed photographic results as he has a habit of walking away or otherwise tugging at the leash just as I am aligning an image through the viewfinder!

Overall he’s a pretty patient photography buddy though so I can’t complain too much…did I say he is really cute (and very lovable)???

Our route takes us in a loop along a main street and around the local elementary school before we head back home.  I drive the same main road to and from work and for other errands almost daily and rarely think of my neighborhood as a place where I can make effective photographs.  I love taking photographs of the scenes in various neighborhoods around town and had simply overlooked my own neighborhood until recently.

The play of the shadows and greenery on the fence in the upper image made me smile and it fits my eye and penchant for photographing the facades, and often the literal walls, that we present to the world from our homes.  This scene is just blocks from our home…

The second image couldn’t be more different but the scene is located just a block from the first and was taken on the same day.  Again, the anonymity of our homes and how they sit in the larger context of the neighborhood fascinates me.

As Harry and I stroll around the neighborhood I can’t help but notice that there are many photographic opportunities that I have been missing for quite some time.   I have a vision in my mind of many more images that have not been fully realized and I’m looking forward to seeing them come to fruition.

Here’s to more photo walks with Harry!

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