It’s Sunday afternoon and I need my Lomography fix! So what’s free, neat, and has interesting buildings? No, not just “downtown”, but the downtown Arts District! A place that in most cities, is a weekend mecca for Lomographers to live out their Analogue Lifestyle.
Many large cities have a Downtown Arts District. In my case it happens to be in and around Fort Street in downtown Honolulu. If you live in New York you’d have the slightly more famous Broadway. If you live in Los Angeles you’d go down to Alameda and Temple.
I decided to take my trip on a Sunday because many of the parking garages are left open for free. Also, most of the local stores are closed and there are not many people wandering around. If I had picked any other day I’d have a storm of office workers looking for lunch to contend with.
Here’s a photograph of the parking lot:
What is important to me, though, is a chance to live out my analogue lifestyle unencumbered. I want to be able to walk on the side of the streets and point my camera in any direction and not get run over. I don’t want to get all the funny looks for looking like an ADHD tourist who has had way too much caffeine either! And if a lonely building security guard or stray curious person gets underfoot all I ever have to say is, “It’s the Art District, I’m making art.”
And if you work up a thirst while tearing through rolls of film? I’m sure you have a coffee shop to stop at! I don’t know if your coffee shop will have an interesting name like ours here does: Bad Ass Coffee. However, if it is the Arts District, there has to be a coffee shop!