The Third Ward sits just south of Milwaukee's commercial district. Originally, it was largely an industrial area, and until a couple of decades ago it was cluttered largely with abandoned factories and warehouses. But more recently it has been going through a renaissance, with many of the old buildings being replaced with or converted to restaurants, shops, and condo developments. Earlier in July I spent a weekend morning in the Third Ward looking for photo opportunities. Here is some of what I found.
I have this romantic infatuation with alleys, and certainly there are plenty of alleys in the Third Ward. However, they don't seem to have the panache that I had hoped for. Here is an alley scene that I did retain. Meh.
Perhaps the following technically is also an alley shot, or at least an alley wall shot. I liked it because of the shadows cast by the horizontal support structures and the texture of the bricks in the wall.
Maybe I shouldn't be put off by dumpsters and random refuse. Maybe I should give up on aesthetically interesting scenes and just document the alleys. But to what purpose? . . . I'm not sure.
One of the more popular restaurants in the Third Ward is Cafe Benelux. Here is a shot of its interesting al fresco tables and chairs.
The area includes a variety of architectural styles from the last 120 years, as in the following shot, where I wanted to feature parts of three different building styles.
There there were a few shots I turned into black & whites:
Shadows on a spiral walkway.
Fire escape stairways.
And an unusual metal grate.