Every major city seems to have that grand, old-world, downtown hotel. In Austin, it’s the Driskill. In Memphis, it’s the Peabody. And with the resurgence of downtowns, many have been beautifully restored. I stopped by for a few minutes after shooting the night life and the neon of Beale Street.
In addition to my urban landscapes, I’m also attracted to grand interiors, particularly detailed ones from another era. The Peabody did not disappoint and had a richness that puts the Austin hotels to shame. Hard to believe that this hotel went into bankruptcy in the mid-70s. Apparently, its renovation in the early 80s was a catalyst for downtown revitalization.
The Panasonic ZS50 point and shoot did surprisingly well, documenting this dark interior. I used the same “Handheld Night Shot” feature that I used to shoot the neon of Beale Street. The camera shoots a burst of images and automatically and intelligently combines them into a single photograph.
Enjoy the grandeur.
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