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Black and white photographs of gritty, funky North Knoxville [+video]

Black and white photographs of gritty, funky North Knoxville [+video]

Photographs of beautiful, historic, and slightly derelict North Knoxville, Tennessee, plus a video of the walk where I discovered the subjects

Go on a solo photowalk with me in the video below.

I spent a day exploring and shooting black and white photographs of funky, gritty North Knoxville, a historic neighborhood with a nice supply of industrial decay mixed in for texture.

I started at the Old Gray Cemetery, which was established in 1850. Then, I drifted around the industrial wasteland that seems to be under reclamation now by artists, bars, and coffee shops. Some of the architecture I found is in a serious state of decay, and some of it has been lovingly restored to a beautiful condition. I like it both ways — restored and crumbling.

I photographed factories and industrial facilities, historic storefronts, a few ghost signs (faded old ads on the sides of buildings), and even a huge model of a tall ship in a shop window.

Photographs taken on the day of the video

Ivy on a checkerboard brick shop building
Ivy on a checkerboard brick shop buildingBroken Sidewalk – Knoxville
No. 810 Shop Doors
No. 810 Shop Doors
Terra Cotta Shingle Stacks
Terra Cotta Shingle Stacks
Broken Industrial Windows
Broken Industrial Windows
Five Cents Ghost Sign
Five Cents Ghost Sign
Graffiti Removal Kanji 01
Graffiti Removal Kanji 01
Graffiti Removal Kanji 02
Graffiti Removal Kanji 02
Model of a Tall Ship Behind a Dirty Shop Window
Model of a Tall Ship Behind a Dirty Shop Window
Lion Head Architectural Detail
Lion Head Architectural Detail
Old North Knoxville
Old North Knoxville
St John's Church Knoxville
St John’s Church Knoxville
Tall Tree Against an Empty Sky
Tall Tree Against an Empty Sky
Curved Industrial Building
Curved Industrial Building
Ghost Sign Ad on an Old Brick Wall
Fading Ghost Sign Ad on an Old Brick Wall
Cracked Paint on an Abandoned Building
Cracked Paint on an Abandoned Building
Exterior of Abandoned US Post Office
Exterior of Abandoned US Post Office
Broken Sidewalk - Knoxville
Broken Sidewalk – Knoxville
Front of Abandoned Old House
Front of Abandoned Old House
Abandoned US Post Office Building
Abandoned US Post Office Building
Downtown Knoxville Architectural Detail
Downtown Knoxville Architectural Detail

Fine art black and white prints of all of these photographs are available. Contact me or visit my website to order one for your home or office.

Thanks for reading.

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~ Keith

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