Film Photography

Strolling Downtown in Indianapolis with the Canonet QL17 G-III

While I was looking for work I had a lot of coffee, lunch, and drinks appointments with people in my industry, as I tried to find opportunity. Even though this exhausts me — I am a pegging-the-meter introvert — I really love catching up with colleagues and getting to know people in my industry whom I hadn’t met yet. My appointments had me driving all over Indianapolis and its north suburbs, and I always brought a camera along. One of those cameras was my Canonet QL17 G-III. Agfa Vista 200 was inside.

Sunrise houses on Meridian Street

I met the VP of Engineering of a well-known local startup one morning near his South Meridian Street office Downtown. This little sliver of Indianapolis’s main street has been isolated from the rest of Meridian Street thanks to resolving an awkward fork with another major street. It has allowed two blocks of charming old houses to remain.

View of Downtown from the south

Here’s where northbound Meridian Street ends, with its view of the Indianapolis skyline. The building at the photo’s center is Salesforce Tower, housing the largest employer of software people in Indiana. It was built in 1990 as Bank One Tower.

Beer and food

A little park stands where Meridian Street used to. After you cross through it you reach the Slippery Noodle Inn, Indiana’s oldest bar. This is its south wall.

Down an Indianapolis alley

Here’s a quick look down an alley, toward the old Union Station. A whole bunch of tracks run through Downtown, elevated since before anybody can remember.

Scooters

Bird and Lime electric scooters litter Downtown’s streets. I rode one once. It was kind of fun, but not worth what it cost.

Green arches

I strolled looking for interesting scenes to photograph. I forget where this scene is exactly, but it’s within a couple blocks of those scooters.

Lit balls

Same with this festive scene devoid of customers on this chilly, gray morning.

The Claddagh

I know exactly where this restaurant is, however: on Meridian Street just north of the tracks. My wife and I come here from time to time, as we like fresh Guinness, Irish whiskey, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips.

Church door

I made a point of walking the few blocks over to St. John the Evangelist Church to photograph this great door. Then I walked back to my car and drove to my next appointment.

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8 thoughts on “Strolling Downtown in Indianapolis with the Canonet QL17 G-III

    • In the chillier months here it’s super easy to keep a camera like the Olympus XA or the Olympus Stylus always loaded with film and in a coat pocket, in case there’s time for a quick photo walk anywhere I am!

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  1. Heide says:

    This post is another example of “exceptional ordinary,” Jim — these places and moments most people drive by without ever noticing. I love the shot especially of the two old houses in the first frame, and the doors at St. John the Evangelist. The latter have an intriguing combination of “welcome” and “stay out,” don’t they?

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    • Thanks so much H! I love to just walk streets and look for interesting compositions. The houses on S. Meridian are wonderful! St. John’s is open most of the time and you can go in and look around — it’s a lovely cathedral.

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  2. Marcus Peddle says:

    Thanks for sharing the views of the city. The Vista produces some nice colours, especially in the reds. I remember Vista slide film was a bit on the warm side and some guys here bought it especially for sunrise photos. All gone now. Even Vista is becoming hard to get, and I think I read it’s been discontinued.

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