PHOTO FLOOD SAINT LOUIS

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


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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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Photo Flood 30: Hamilton Heights

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photograph by Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk

Hamilton Heights is a neighborhood of vast potential. In the 1940’s, this area experienced its “golden days”, when the turn of the 20th century homes possessed a not too tired character, celluloid beamed brightly in the local movie theaters, and streetcar lines serviced the main business corridors. Today, much of that original housing stock has deteriorated (about 45% of the existing homes were built before 1940 and another 45% after 1980), though what remains offers many possibilities.

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photograph by James Palmour

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Mini-Flood 29: Anheuser-Busch Brewery

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photograph by Anne Warfield

Since 1860, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Soulard has been a bastion of St. Louis’ business and manufacturing clout. Having previously earned the nickname of “World’s Largest Brewer” the local business was acquired by Belgian-Brazilian giant, InBev, in an aggressive acquisition completed in 2008. Even so, the Brewery continues to be a favorite attraction for residents and visitors alike (an attachment solidified by generations of the Busch family, passionate beer barons and city boosters).

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photograph by Jason Gray

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Photo Flood 29: Covenant Blu/Grand Center

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photograph by James Palmour

This neighborhood, a transition between St. Louis’ Downtown and the Central West End, is also an important gateway between north St. Louis and south St. Louis. What’s more, it is a transition between a vibrant past and a hopeful future. Covenant Blu/Grand Center was once one of the most important theater districts in the country, and even today, it bills itself as the “cultural soul” of the city (with 12,000 theater seats, 1,500 annual cultural events, 12 museums and galleries, and 1.5 million visitors each year).

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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Photo Flood 28: Carondelet

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photograph by Michelle Bates

This exciting neighborhood is one of St. Louis’ most history-laden. Originally a French settlement just seven miles south of St. Louis, Carondelet tied its early growth to the fortunes of the city just north of it, and was eventually swallowed by the larger municipality in 1870. Still, that is not to say that the town did not have a character all its own, which is evident in still surviving structures not seen anywhere else in St. Louis.

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photograph by Jason Gray

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Mini-Flood 28: The Darkness

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photograph by Jason Gray

Considered among the best haunted house attractions in the country, The Darkness has long been a fan favorite for Halloween revelers in St. Louis. This “three haunted houses all-in-one location” hit has been featured on the Travel Channel, A&E, The History Channel’s Modern Marvels, and in USA Today, Fangoria Magazine and more. In addition, on November 10, 2014, Scarefest (The Darkness’ parent company) announced that they have purchased the building next door, and plan to include a fourth attraction for 2015! PFSTL would love a sneak peek when that happens… just saying.

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photograph by Jocelyn Clemens

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Mini-Flood 27: Amanda and John’s Wedding

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

It has finally happened, two Photo Flooders have tied the knot, and what better way to celebrate this triumph than by inviting PFSTL to Flood it?! (this might seem inappropriate unless you know our soon-to-be Mrs. Joern)

Though they did not meet in Photo Flood Saint Louis, both John and Amanda have been longtime supporters of the group, and great friends to many members for much longer than that. What’s more, the duo know how to throw a funky bash, and this event was no less. Read along as we wish the happy couple well, show some pics, and experience a PFSTL first!

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photograph by Jason Gray

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