PHOTO FLOOD SAINT LOUIS

A surge of images along the banks of the Big Muddy.


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Photo Flood 33: Holly Hills

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

A south St. Louis neighborhood of distinction, Holly Hills began as little more than grand ambitions. In the 1920’s, a planned community project began on land purchased from the Missouri-Pacific Railroad (which runs through). The developers named the effort to emulate the glitz and glamour of Hollywood living, but the Great Depression squelched much of that aspiration, in order to make home sales more likely. Still, Holly Hills does not lack in beautiful dwellings, a fact supported by one of the oldest and most dedicated neighborhood associations in the city.

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photograph by Janet Henrichs

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Mini-Flood 32: Castlewood State Park

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photograph by Michelle Williams

Castlewood State Park is a hiking and biking destination not far from downtown St. Louis. Long ago, the area that is now the park was used as a bucolic retreat from life in the city. Visitors reveled here well into the 20th century, when speakeasies and dinner clubs sprouted along the bluffs of Castlewood. These, of course, are now long gone, but the immense, natural beauty that originally lured visitors remains steadfast.

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photograph by Patrick Gioia

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Mini-Flood 31: O’Fallon Park

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photograph by Jason Gray

This North St. Louis park carries the namesake of one of St. Louis’ earliest business success stories and benefactors. John O’Fallon, a nephew of the explorer William Clark, came to live in St. Louis after the War of 1812. Here, he set up a booming business to sell supplies to troops, and even helped to fund the start-up school that would become Washington University. As for the Park, O’Fallon’s son sold the land to the city in order to help generate public support for the location of the then proposed Forest Park.

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photograph by Susan Price

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Photo Flood Saint Louis at Whitebox

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Come visit with members of Photo Flood Saint Louis on Friday, April 10th, during the opening for a PFSTL themed exhibition curated by Andrea and Sarah-Marie Land, whose statement is below.

“The Exhibition explores a variety of photographic perspectives and enigmatic experiences in direct relation to specific spaces in St. Louis. Investigating the color photographs, the audience is presented with a dynamic collection of environmental landscapes ranging from downtown architectural structures to aerial perspectives of Lafayette Square gardens to a community swimming pool at Fairground Park. Working on both an individual and collaborative basis within the context of the group, the community of Photo Flood photographers strives to create a connection between other photographers, as well as presenting work to a diverse and widespread audience. Following, on a monthly basis, the assemblage of artists dedicates several hours to visually investigating a distinctive neighborhood in St. Louis. The images in the exhibition span the duration of several years and suggest a distinctive acquaintance with the city. Interacting with the work, new experiences arise with familiar spaces and structures as the photographers experiment with such elements as angle, proximity, and saturation.”

Exhibiting Artists: Jason Gray, Steven Ley, Theresa Harter, Chris Naffziger, Patrick Gioia, Yeni Kulka, Ann Aurbach, Amanda Joern, Anne Warfield, Scott Jackson, James Palmour, Dawn McCausland-Mills, Kait Mauro, Dan Henrichs, Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk


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Photo Flood 32: Forest Park Southeast

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

Forest Park Southeast is a play on identities. Once a rural respite for city dwellers, it is now firmly encompassed by urban core. Once disconnected from the commerce and transportation mechanisms of the area, it now features one of the fastest growing entertainment districts and includes two interstates and a railroad in its borders. What’s more, the neighborhood north of Manchester is wholly distinct in character from the neighborhood south of it. Nonetheless, FPSE offers one of the more distinctive collections of architecture on the city’s South Side (from turn of the 20th to turn of the 21st century buildings).

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photograph by Allen Casey

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Mini-Flood 30: Grand Center Arts Academy

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photograph by Amanda Krebel

Designed originally to house the Carter Carburetor company, a historic and beautiful structure along north Grand Avenue is now the location for the Grand Center Arts Academy. GCAA combines a rigorous academic approach with a focus on the arts (visual and performing).

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photograph by Michael Matney

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Photo Flood 31: Ferguson

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photograph by Jason Gray

Once thought to be merely a sleepy suburb of St. Louis, Ferguson is now ground zero for the most significant civil rights movement in a generation. The events which have transpired since the tragic shooting death here of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 will continue to shape the landscape of racial politics for years to come.

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photograph by Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk

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