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 Darkside of a rising city #3 by Brandon Montgomery

July 2021 - Darkside of a rising city #3

July 2021 - Brandon Montgomery


About the Image(s)

I took this photo of a once prominent Sacramento bar and nightclub that didn't survive the events of 2020. I took this photo in order to document the Sacramento establishments that were lost in 2020 while others struggle to survive from changes brought about in a post COVID world. An objective of this photo was to capture a once prominent location without the street scene it once had. I converted the image to black and white and used tungsten in the white balance section in Adobe Lightroom. I also adjusted the light and details in Lightroom.

Sony A7riii, ISO 400, 24mm, f/2.8, 1/8000 of a sec.

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11 comments posted

Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Brandon, so sad. But so true in so many places. I hope 2022 brings more life to the lost cities. I love your photo especially the angle of all three sides. Thanks for reminding us that many still have lots of changes to go through to come back to a sense of norm.   Posted: 07/04/2021 22:13:57
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Marianne!   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:43:22

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Picking this subject is a good idea. Pure documentary and street photography. You chose the right angle for showing the subject. Personally, I like the Monochrome best. Thatnks for showing us the original color shot.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 12:49:02
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Chuck! It's part of a project in where I'm documenting a post COVID Sacramento.   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:40:52

Zixu Wang   Zixu Wang
I like this title very much. It gives the whole picture a deeper meaning. 2020 will be catastrophic for the whole world. Too much goodness and the past faded away in 2020.   Posted: 07/06/2021 01:12:40
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I agree with your feelings, I had hoped that the pandemic would make us better and more compassionate rather than fuel what divides us.   Posted: 07/08/2021 07:26:31
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Zixu!   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:42:52

Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
I also like the title and the B&W adds to the desolation. Part of history now.   Posted: 07/08/2021 01:59:09
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Jill! I also see photos like this as needing to be in black and white.   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:42:10

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Brandon, I think this is a very telling and sad image. I agree with the others that we lost so much during the pandemic. I think the monochrome image makes a stronger and starker image which fits better with the story being told.   Posted: 07/08/2021 07:23:41
Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
Thank you Lou!   Posted: 07/08/2021 19:41:13