Among the artifacts on display at the San Bernardino Railroad & History Museum is this old locomotive bell. A nice jog of the memory of times past actually lived (by some of us) or as reproduced on the motion picture or television screen. I can hear that distinct sound of a locomotive bell pealing as it is rocked back and forth on its cradle in my mind.
This is a wider view from the position where I was when I captured most of the Street Life images that I am displaying this week and next. The view is looking across part of the open air pedestrian mall that the city of Riverside, California created out of three blocks of Main Street. This scene is actually bisected by Mission Inn Avenue, where you can see the columnar traffic barriers in the lower left corner of this image. In the same area as the traffic barriers is the “bridal party” that I captured and displayed earlier this week in my current Street Life series. This is a great area to stake out or roam around, capturing the people passing through or hanging out and capturing some of the interesting period architecture.
In terms of capturing people, whether people connected to local business activity, tourists, young people before or after school, people attending local events, inter-generational groups, just every day street life, if you are patient and persistent, you will find it all here. The Mission Inn is the defining structure in this area with its mixture of architectural styles (as I previously noted here) and in this image I wanted to capture some of the sense of time and place that the structure expresses. Another aspect of this image that resonates with me is the shape of many of the inn’s windows, with the curve on their tops and the bell curve on top of the pediments, which is replicated in the bell shaped light standards and the bell street ornament in the right middle ground. This structure in Riverside, California stands in a semi-arid area of California that is very near to the low Sonoran desert and I tried to convey that feeling by de-saturating most of the colors in the image and using a tool to suggest a water color rendition. I finished it off with the addition of dried parchment like texture, but I am a little ambivalent about that, I worry that it is too pronounced.
I welcome any constructive critiques.
The First Congregational Church is located at the corner of Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street in Riverside, California. The church building takes its design cues, which include the arching colonnade from the Mission Inn which is across the street. From the church’s web site:
The present church building is one of the most significant Spanish Revival structures existing in Southern California. It was designed by Myron Hunt, a leading California architect who also designed the Spanish Wing of the Mission Inn and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The building is a brick structure with a concrete tower. Henry Jekel was the architectural engineer for the Spanish Baroque Churrigueresque tower. The cornerstone was laid December 1, 1912, and the building was dedicated on January 25, 1914. The original cost of the building was $100,000…
For many years the church’s 135′ bell tower was empty. in 1986, Don and Beth Miller began the Carillon Project in memory of their son, Scott. A Carillon was chosen, consisting of 24 bells, each of which rings a different pitch on the chromatic scale. The bells, which are the only pealing bells loacted in Southern California, were manufactured in France. In August 1989 installation began, and on October 1, 1989, the bells were dedicated as a memorialto loved ones and a gift of the church to the community.
The sound of the bells was quite appealing and imparted a sense of well being while we were in the neighborhood.
Processing for this image was fairly straightforward, I did amp up the saturation in the flower blossoms.