Google Plus Anniversary Photo Walk

Jun 26, 2012 by

G+ Photo Walk

To celebrate Google Plus’ one-year anniversary, folks have been organizing a global photo walk for this Saturday, June 30th. As of tonight, the total number of cities involved is 87. Cincinnati is one of those cities. Our photo walk will start at Fountain Square at 9:00 am, check out the west side of downtown, and end at Arnold’s Bar and Grill. Here is the route:


I tried to pick a route that would be accessible, interesting, and not interfere with the Pride parade. The route was adjusted to avoid crossing the parade. Bear in mind, the organizer doesn’t entirely know what he is doing, but what the heck, I’ve got to learn sometime.

What is a Photo Walk?

A photo walk is just an excuse for photographers of all levels to gather together and takes some interesting pictures. It doesn’t matter if you plan on using a film-based SLR, or your camera phone, the point is to get out and shoot, and then share the results. The focus on this event is to celebrate Google +, so sharing on Google + would be ideal, but choose any social media channel you choose. We will be using the hashtag #CincyPhotoWalk. Since many folks lie and use Flickr, I also created the Flickr public group Cincy Photo Walk.

I’ve only participated in one other walk, and is fun to see what other folks find to shoot. Depending on how it goes, perhaps we can do this other times and other places. If you are interested, follow the links, you can RSVP by commenting on the Google page and/or responding to the Plancast invite. Hope to see a lot of folks there, and look forward to their photos.

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Return of the 5chw4r7z -Findlay Market

Aug 9, 2011 by

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for, the Return of the 5chw4r7z! Bob will be bringing us his weekly photo essays on the Queen City agin and here is the first one! -Loki

Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Findlay Market

Findlay Market

5chw4r7z

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Meet Clint Spaeth

Aug 5, 2011 by

ClintHello, I am Clint, but you probably know me as that guy who blogs about cheese coneys. Yes, I am part of the couple that makes up the Cincinnati Coney Quest, but there is more to me than my love of cheese coneys.

As it says in my bio, I am a life-long Cincinnatian who moved Downtown 3 years ago. I have lived in various places in the Tri-State region, but Downtown is my favorite area of residence. I love the growth I have seen Downtown (and OTR) and look forward to more progress being made in the region. Whenever I tell someone I live Downtown I get a wide range of reactions and questions, so I will have many posts about city life.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I am a big sports fan. Of course being a Cincinnatian most of my sports fandom has been filled with disappointment. “Wait til next year” is a common reality that a Bengals and Reds fan faces. Along with watching sports, I try to stay active. One of the most shocking developments in my life is I have become a runner. When I attended the best high school in Cincinnati (Walnut Hills, and I will fiercely argue with you if you disagree!) I could barely finish the mile in gym class. Fast forward to 2011 where I completed my first marathon and now consider a 5k a short run.

I studied Radio/TV at Northern Kentucky University, but lately I have discovered a passion for photography. I have a lot to learn and am by no means a professional, but taking the camera out and taking photos of the various sites in town and the country has become one of my favorite hobbies. Of course I still do have a love for TV and motion pictures. I do enjoy a lazy day on the couch watching a marathon of my favorite shows and movies.

DexterOne of my favorite subjects to take photos of is my dog Dexter. My girlfriend and I adopted Dexter the Pug from the SCPA in January and he has become a very welcomed addition to our household. Dexter had a rough life before we adopted him, he was a stray and almost died at the SPCA with a severe case of kennel cough. Luckily he survived and we arrived to rescue him! After this experience we highly recommend adopting from the SPCA if you are looking for a pet.

Food, downtown, sports, digital media and my dog Dexter, that basically sums up who Clint Spaeth is.

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Scenes from Northside

Jan 21, 2011 by

As I made my way through the new snow in Northside on this extraordinarily cold day, I listened to a podcast about the recently freed Aung San Suu Kyi, who’s seeking a return to politics in Burma after some 15 years in political detention.

Her passion moved me.

As I crossed Hamilton Avenue at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of Northside Tavern, a truck sped up when he saw I would do the unthinkable and actually use that pedestrian crosswalk with traffic speeding past. He opened his window, shouting meaningless obscenities.

I’m a bit of a militant pedestrian, I know that I do in fact have the right-of-way, so I kept walking. He stopped, though in reality he would have had to have stopped in another fifteen feet regardless, there was another car ahead. I smiled at him, somehow drawing power from Aung San Suu Kyi. I felt her passion.

Onward towards Take the Cake for lunch. As I crossed Blue Rock Ave, I looked up and realized Northside is blessed with two Shepard Fairey murals, and one features Aung San Suu Kyi, and that Aung San Suu Kyi mural was right in front of me. This made me smile.

I took a picture. It made me smile.

Shepard Fairey mural, Northside, Cincinnati, OH featuring Aung San Suu Kyi

Shepard Fairey mural, Northside, Cincinnati, OH featuring Aung San Suu Kyi

After a Take the Cake lunch, I walked back past the mural, turned around and looked again, and thought about how Aung San Suu Kyi, even after fifteen years of political detention under an oppressive regime, had such positive passion about her life and those all around her. She saw change as inevitable and still possible and still happening despite the negative political forces still all around her. I smiled again.

Again crossing Blue Rock, I noticed some Northsiders playing in the snow. With tools. They’d tapped into their passion. They’d built a fantastic snow unicorn at the edge of Hoffner Park along Hamilton. I took a picture. And it made me smile.

Snow Unicorn, Hoffner Park, Northside, Cincinnati, OH

Snow Unicorn, Hoffner Park, Northside, Cincinnati, OH

The snow builders then eagerly showed me their other creation, a snowman, a snowman who had been taken down by snow sharks. I took a picture.

The snowman that had been consumed by the snow sharks: (look closely)

The snowman that had been consumed by the snow sharks: (look closely)

Passion. This made me smile.

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Battling An Old Demon

Aug 1, 2010 by

I was 8 when I saw my first opera on PBS  in our tiny living room.  I don’t remember the name but I do remember the finery of the costumes, the majesty of the set and those soaring voices in a language I didn’t understand.  I asked my mom if we would ever see it live.  She laughed, “Honey, opera is for rich people.”

Flash forward 12 years later and I sat in the back of a classroom at Morehead State looking at the score to Mozart’s The Magic Flute my mother’s words echoing in my mind.  My peers were engaged in a lively discussion regarding the piece and I sat frantically trying to write down every word feeling like a spy in a dark alley peering into a lighted window.

This past April I walked into the Fine Art’s Fund BOARDway Bound program these thoughts again flittered just behind my pupils; I was once more crashing the party.  Earlier that month, I had written in my journal all the reasons why I shouldn’t apply for the program: I wasn’t traveled enough, networked enough, rich enough, connected enough, skilled enough…simply not enough.  Who did I think I was doing something like this-me? On an art board?  I put down my pen, wrote a Letter of Intent, updated my resume, filled out the application and dashed off an email.  My justification: I simply wanted to learn something new.

The program consisted of 3 meetings with 8-12 hours of online work between each meeting.  We covered Board Member Responsibilities, Financial Management and Staff Responsibilities, and Fundraising and an Overview of Engagement.  The meetings were informative and focused on application of what we learned on the website.  We heard from various Directors from Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and The Carnegie. The idea behind this program is to put together a Board Bank or a collection of individuals who are interested in participating on an art board within the smaller arts organizations in Cincinnati and the surrounding communities.  The Fine Arts Fund appears to be taking more of a community development direction with this program and The Arts Ripple Effect - billed as a “Research-Based Strategy to Build Shared Responsibility for the Arts.”

I learned much from this program; how an art board functions, the mission of an art organization and the how that mission effects financial decision-making.  However, the best was a new defintion of art and how art fits into my own life.

What makes a person rich? seeing a mural on a wall; teaching a child the art of clowning; painting a street; hearing original, independent music on Fountain Square; or seeing an original, contemporary play.  That which makes an individual rich is what makes a community rich.

Last weekend I saw my first Cincinnati opera, La Boheme courtesy of tickets from Enjoy the Arts

Hey mom, I’m one of the rich people now.

BOARDway Bound Video

*All photos courtesy of Fine Arts Fund

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