Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Interlude: PFSTL Top Ten, #1. Dutchtown

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Photo Flood Saint Louis turns four this August.  This post is a continuation of a countdown to commemorate this exciting milestone.

Dutchtown, named after a mispronunciation of “deutsch”, is St. Louis’ most populated neighborhood, and equally one of the city’s most threatened and potential-rich.

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Based on architecture alone, Dutchtown is probably my favorite neighborhood in the whole city.  It has such interesting building designs, and such great density.  Perhaps too, I love the area because my family lived right next door (Gravois Park) in the early years of my life, so Dutchtown very much represents the look of “St. Louis” to me.

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On our January visit, the weather was cold, but not uncomfortable, and there was a layer of snow still on the ground.  I had a lot of gear on my back because I had brought my f-stop Loka for a picture that was meant to illustrate a blog that I was writing for the company (this was a couple of weeks before the company would layoff almost its entire US HQ, including me, due to budget issues).  Evens, the Flood represents excitement for me probably because the neighborhood is just so freaking cool to photograph.

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If you are interested in becoming a member, head on over to photofloodstl.org, or visit our page on Facebook and let us know!  As always, it is free to join and free to participate.

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