Father Pitt

Why should the beautiful die?

A Walk on the South Side with a Black-and-White Camera

Corner of 16th and Sarah Streets
Corner of 16th and Sarah Streets.

It was not really a black-and-white camera; it was old Pa Pitt’s nineteen-year-old Samsung Digimax V4, a strange beast that was made for photography enthusiasts who wanted something that would fit in the pocket but still had most of the options of a sophisticated enthusiast’s camera. Father Pitt has set the user options to black-and-white. There is no good reason for doing so: obviously the camera collects color data and throws the colors away, and the colors could just as well be thrown away in software after returning from the expedition. But knowing that the picture must be black and white forces one to think in terms of forms rather than colors. So here are half a dozen pictures from a walk through the South Side Flats.

Building on 17th Street
Building on 17th Street, probably from the 1920s.
Entrance to St. Adalbert’s
The entrance to St. Adalbert’s Church.
St. Adalbert’s Rectory
St. Adalbert’s rectory.
Rowhouses on Sarah Street.
Front steps
Front steps.

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