The Queen Street United Methodist Church dominates what there is of a skyline in the small city of Kinston. Beautifully maintained, the church has been the focal point of countless photographs of the downtown area. This shot captures the Church’s Bell Tower as well as the rich brick texture of one of the ancient warehouses nearby.
The side wall of another of the old warehouses that have been or are in the process of being re-purposed as shops, galleries, upscale loft apartments, etc by the hipster entrepreneur-developers who are giving the city new life. The huge mural of the Great Blue Heron is testament to Kinston’s artistic renaissance.
These cast cement facades of tobacco barns are a salute to tobacco which drove the area economy for more than a century. Tobacco is still an important crop in Eastern North Carolina but not to the degree that it was. Next time, back to the coast. Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead. All shots taken with a Nikon D750 Camera and a 24-120 f/4 lens.
The Boiler Room
“The Boiler Room” is the second restaurant founded and operated by acclaimed chef Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben Knight. Their first, “The Chef and the Farmer” was the catalyst that has led to the rebirth of Kinston, a small city in southeastern North Carolina. The entrance to “The Boiler Room” is via the alley shown above. It gives the restaurant a gritty, blue collar feel. Howard’s Peabody Award Winning television series, “A Chef’s Life”, is on PBS.
Mother Earth Brewing Tap Room
Mother Earth is another major player in Kinston’s second coming. Entrepreneur Stephen Hill has turned Mother Earth into a powerhouse in the craft brewing industry. He’s also behind the second coming of a major section of Kinston with two hotels, a motel and several homes to his credit. The rub off has been amazing with an array of eateries, shops, galleries and now in the works, a vodka distillery.
I do a fair amount of street photography in Eastern North Carolina, most of it is stock for Getty Images. My usual practice is to shoot street scenes in black and white , but I decided on color for this batch because of the richness of the textures, tones, and hues involved. I used a Nikon D800E and a D750. More next time. Thanks for the look and have a great week ahead.