Saturday, March 16, 2013

Colorful History

Tucson's Barrio Historico

Most photographers on "assignment" pack up their camera bags and head out. Working on a project with journalist Roger Naylor for the Arizona Republic I needed to head to Tucson for the day. So I had to "unpack" my camera bag.  

Didn't need the bear spray, space blanket, headlamp, snow spikes, dry bags, extra socks, multi-tool. By the time I unpacked, I had a little pile in my room and OH how much lighter my bag was.  No tough landscapes today. (So I thought) 

My assignment: Photograph historic Tucson. First place I headed was the Tucson Art Museum. (Actually first place I headed was Starbucks)  I was pleasantly surprised how easy this part of Tucson was to navigate and how proud the Art District and the locals are of the history here. Rich in Civil War ties and the mighty railroad days of the wild west.  The kind folks of the Tucson Art Museum  handed me a map of the sites and pointed me to a painted line on the sidewalk that guided me to the many points of interest.

Mansion's on Main, Barrio Historico, The Art District, The Wishing Shrine, The Old Courthouse all within walking distance.  For anyone wishing to photograph the way cool painted adobe houses, it's  easy street.  Great restaurants and bakeries on the route.

My fav of course the  funky Art Deco adobe houses sporting front doors that are simply a form of artwork all their own. The detail that goes into the door panels and iron fixtures is unreal. The Presidio was also a must see. 

Looking back, I could have used the second pair of socks. Walking the trail is easy, walking the street all day was killer. 

My special thanks to Jane of Sentinel Carriage Company for being my pal for the day, giving me an awesome tour on her Clydesdale driven carriage. Jane's knowledge of the local history was unbelievable and totally fascinating. Thanks Jane.