Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[Kings Waffle] Chapter 5: Origin Stories


Some guys I've know for a long time who I drink coffee with at Waffle House.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Finding the Freedom Center

- Shackles on the floor of an actual slave pen that was relocated and rebuilt within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

A few months ago I was sitting in a downtown office with a consultant brought in to help the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau identify opportunities for marketing the city. We chatted about things appealing to tourists and out of town visitors. We both mentioned the usual things: the Reds, Bengals, Kings Island, the Zoo, craft beer, history, etc. - the kinds of things you can find similar versions of in any number of American cities. He was no stranger to traveling or to these types of tourism traits, but he noticed one thing that really stuck out about Cincinnati. After scribbling down some notes, he looked up and said:

"You know, one thing I noticed that can be found in Cincinnati that no other city has...

...a "freedom center."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photographs From the Evening of March 21, 2014


I was shooting a wedding over the weekend. Right after the "father/daughter dance" I looked down at the camera's LCD screen and saw that my 32GB SD card was filling up rapidly. Not that it mattered, I had two more as backups. If I was shooting film though, this would've been an expensive endeavor. While digital is cheaper - you no longer have the mystery of coming across old, unmarked rolls of film and not finding out what's on them until you develop.

Now you just find unmarked folders on your desktop with images of downtown parking garages, skyscrapers, utility work and patriotism. The mystery is solved in seconds.

So here's ten images from the modern day equivalent of a "random roll."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Announcement: Ongoing Maintenance of QC/D

If you've been reading any of the Queen City Discovery articles published on or before June 24, 2011, you might have noticed that there are no images accompanying the text. Recently, not only some of our most popular articles over the years (such as those on Americana/LeSourdsville Lake and the Cincinnati Subway), but any article before the previously mentioned date lost the images that compliment them.

When I started QC/D in 2007, I was new to image hosting and HTML coding. A good friend of mine offered me up some free space on his server and with that space - the images that appeared on QC/D found a home. After fixing a hiccup with that server in the summer of 2011, I switched to hosting images on Flickr and have stuck with that since. This is why some articles still retain their photographs and others do not.

In the past few weeks, I started noticing comments coming in that images were missing. I then noticed that the server appeared to be offline. I contacted my friend who had lent me the server space and after some investigation we found that something catastrophic had happened: that particular server and my images were gone and not recoverable.

The Bad News:
Most articles published on QC/D before June 2011 have lost their accompanying images and are simply just text, including the captions that reference the now missing photos.

The Good News:
(Mostly) Everything was backed up. In the coming weeks, I'll be going about the painstaking process of re-hosting the old images and rewriting the HTML of the articles to once again feature their photographs. This means that all the older articles will eventually be restored to their original state.

The Other News:
As we go about fixing this problem, QC/D will remain active. New updates and posts will continue regularly and there's some cool stuff coming too: an abandoned drive-in, lodge, country club, tunnel and factory as well as more updates to the ongoing "Suburbia Lost" and "Kings Waffle" series.

I appreciate everyone who's taken the time to read QC/D over the past seven years and want to sincerely thank my friend Al for letting me host my images on his space for so long. Thanks for your patience as we work to get QC/D back to where it was and as we add new content.

If you notice any other errors or have suggestions, feel free to send me an email.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

QC/D Featured in Roman Luck's "Project Someone"

A few months back, local director Roman Luck contacted me about being featured in his "Project Someone." After hanging out and exploring the abandoned CL&N Railroad tunnel and the city, he put together this short documentary about the "urban exploration" side of Queen City Discovery. You can check it out here.

To see more of Roman's great work, check out his Vimeo page, especially the stellar time-lapse of Cincinnati.