single frame: Penn Park

Penn Park

Penn Park
Nikon Nikkormat EL, 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 Zoom Nikkor
Foma Fomapan 100

When you photograph the world as you experience it, as I do, the places you get to go open you up to new photographic subjects. Sometimes they even provide a seldom-seen view into the world.

I park in a parking garage Downtown right next to the building in which I work. As a man of routine, I drive by open spots every morning to park in this one area at the back of the garage where Level 3 starts to become Level 4. There’s almost always an open spot there. At the end of the workday I never have to try to remember where I parked.

This is the view from there, down an alley called Court Street. How many people ever drive or walk down this alley? Not a fraction as many as drive down Pennsylvania St., down there at the end of the alley. The Penn Park garage announces itself, as it does here, to a relatively small number of people who work Downtown. It’s an exclusive club of sorts, the people who even know those words exist.

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7 responses to “single frame: Penn Park”

  1. J P Avatar

    A familiar view! I have walked Court Street many times between Penn Park and the City County Building a block over.
    That was my go-to parking garage into the early 90s before my office moved downtown.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I didn’t know you were a member of this exclusive club! I never see you in the club room wearing your tweed jacket and smoking your pipe.

  2. jon campo Avatar
    jon campo

    Nice picture Jim, and that is one of my favorite cameras. Wonderful beasts they are.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Mine needs its shutter adjusted – it’s capping. 😢

      1. jon campo Avatar
        jon campo

        Sorry Jim. I have a couple models (EL and 2) that I had tuned up and resealed, but if they develop any shutter issues they will go in the bin. They are a fun novelty but honestly there are better Nikons.

  3. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I am normally much happier with color photography, but I can see that this shot absolutely works better in B/W.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I haven’t figured out yet whether I prefer color to b/w. Maybe? Anymore I just put something in the camera and go looking for subjects that suit that particular film.

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