It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

House Wrap, Black and White, 14th Street
House Wrap, Black and White, 14th Street
Steps, Black and White House
Steps, Black and White House

Two shots of a former house turned liquor store turned redevelopment project on 14th Street.

13th Street Brickwork
13th Street Brickwork

A perspective study of the brickwork trim on the front garden retaining wall of some houses on 13th Street.

Ben's Chili Bowl, Evening
Ben’s Chili Bowl, Evening

The front of the world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in Northwest DC. You can see the new mural in the alley that depicts Bill Cosby (and Dr. Martin Luther King, not visible in this photo) – one of the two people who can eat at Ben’s for free (the other ‘person’ being the Obama family).

Door, Ben's Chili Bowl
Door, Ben’s Chili Bowl

I just liked the way the door caught the reflections in the glass as it was closing.

Food Case, Starbucks, 13th Street
Food Case, Starbucks, 13th Street

Just another one of those quotidian things we see every day and don’t pay much attention to.

Izakaya Seki, V Street
Izakaya Seki, V Street

The entrance to a new Japanese restaurant that is very much in keeping with the spirit of a real Izakaya in Japan – spartan in appearance and compact in size, but still welcoming. Rumor has it that the food is excellent – I will have to give it a try some day soon, although their menu is a bit seafood-intensive for me as I’m allergic to shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster and scallops).

Graffiti-inscribed Manhole Cover
Graffiti-inscribed Manhole Cover

To close out the show, here’s a manhole cover that has been thoroughly inscribed with graffiti. I liked the contrast formed by the regular geometry of the manhole cover and the grid of the concrete with the organic shapes of the leaves, setting up a man-vs-nature conflict, only to be complicated by the man-made disorder of the graffiti.

More adventures in Rolleiflex-land for those who care about such things. All of these were shot on Fuji NPH 400.

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