One of the great things about photography that should be an inspiration to anyone who picks up a camera, is that there is no right or wrong subject to photograph (to an extent). To illustrate my point, check out these picture by fellow Flickrite IntangibleArts. I’ve been to Ben’s Chili Bowl many a times, but never have I noticed the crusty filth of a toaster that they see fit to use as a means to cook up some food. This fine specimen of an appliance was no doubt purchased in a decade far, far away, and yet somehow I find this to be an inspirational image. The colors, the grit, and the branding that make up this lovely shot make me realize just how much of an institution BCB really is. You won’t see this baby in your local Cosi.
Speaking of institutions, if you haven’t gotten yourself up to the amazing little bar known as Wonderland, you’re missing out on one of the best ‘hole in the wall’ bars in town. Technically called The Wonderland Ballroom (although I’ve never seen a ball or any gowns for that matter), this dive is the perfect place to go on a Saturday night with your friends to drink, chill, and listen to some great tunes on the jukebox. But I digress. The photo below says it all about Wonderland, with a beat up funky wall, an ashtray, a random bumper sticker, and yes, a table top arcade game. If you’re from the Midwest you’ll feel right at home here, and just looking at this photo transports me away from the hustle and bustle of DC and into a laid back fun atmosphere.
All of that being said, I’d like to point out that I will never, ever bring my camera equipment to either of these fine establishments, but you might, and just think of the treasures that are out there waiting for you.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs