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Happy Fourth of July …

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Ground Zero _ 10x8 _ 15 May 14   _  SFW

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July.  I went back to my July 4, 2010 post and saw where I had posted this image before.  I do not like to recycle images, but this has always been a favorite of mine.  This is the front of Morgan Freeman’s bar Ground Zero Blues Club  in Clarksdale Mississippi.  I made this image back in 2005 and after going to the bar’s web site, a lot has changed to the front of the bar.  Gone is the flag and the neon sign in the window … maybe some drunk college student grabbed the flag and hung it up in his or her dorm room.  I cannot believe that it has been four years since I first posted this image.  Check back and if anyone out there has been to Ground Zero and wants to share their story with us, feel free.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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July 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Ground Zero, Clarksdale Mississippi …

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Ground Zero 2  _ RTP _SFW FHP

This is a bar owned by the actor Morgan Freeman in Clarksdale Mississippi.  Yes, it is a dive and no, I would not call it a honky tonk, close though.  A true honky tonk is a lot dirtier and nastier … that is what I heard, anyway.  I have been going through the thousands of b&w negatives that I have shot over the last 35 or so years and started to scan  some from different trips / jobs.  There is a photographer named Burney Imes that produced a book called ” Honky Tonks ” and it is a favorite of mine.  I personally do not have the book, but I do have several framed posters of his in my darkroom and I look at them for inspiration all the time.  In his photos, you can almost picture Robert Johnson stumbling up with his guitar case in hand and wanting a shot of whiskey.  The only thing my photo above is missing is a bunch of drunk college students from Ole Miss.  Thanks for looking and let me know what you think … Frank

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December 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

9/11 Memorial …

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I took this photo six years or so ago in Clarksdale, MS.  Morgan Freeman has a bar in downtown Clarksdale named ” Ground Zero ” and this sign was in the front window along with the flag.  I wanted to do something to remember 9/11 and remembered this photo.  I have never been to Ground Zero in Manhattan, so  this is the closest thing I had to work with.  I re-worked the image and added the border …it is my little way of not forgetting the tragedy that struck us all that day.  Thanks for looking …

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September 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm