Now for a little bit of nostalgia. A few weeks ago I met a fellow photographer, Rob, at a Meetup Street shooting event, who told me about a project he’s involved in – documenting Kenilworth Avenue in Hamilton east end. Hey, that’s my old neighbourhood, when I was a teenager! So, I thought I’d do a little exploring on my own, and ended up visiting twice to get some interesting shots.
It’s very run down and boarded up, compared to when I was a kid. Although it was never a ritzy place, there were at least things happening, movie theatres, restaurants, and my old favourite soda bar. Can’t remember the name of it, but it’s where I would be when skipping out of church and school. Now, it’s a pretty dumpy used car lot.
I walked all the way from Barton St to Main St, visiting my old elementary school, Holy Family, which is probably going to be knocked down soon. I visited the old Library (still the same as when I was 8 years old), then headed up to my old high school, Delta, where I had a great tour with one of the people working there, Carmen. As when I was attending there, this building still feels more like a college than a secondary school, but it is now also destined to be condoized. What a shame for such a grand, historical building.
Delta is where I actually started photography, with my old best friend Myron. The 2 of us WERE the Photography Club, and we even had our own private office with key. Imagine that possibility in high school!
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