I was on The Hill this morning for an early creative collaboration over coffee. The Hill is the Italian district of St. Louis and the neighborhood where I had my first studio.
When I arrived back in ’89, nearly every home and business was occupied by people of Italian descent. I was a novelty as an outsider. Most people knew me as “the Irish kid” which made me laugh since I was from Illinois.
I stopped correcting people after a while because the moniker simply meant, “not from here” which was true.
Today, as I was departing the neighborhood after my meeting, I saw some tourists taking photographs. Looking closely, I didn’t quite understand the significance of the background. It was just a little Italian market on Marconi Avenue.
And then I had a drink of water and I remembered how the ordinary to some can be extraordinary to a visitor.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.