The State of My World, October 2018: Heavy Metal

Halloween makes me think of Ozzy Osbourne, cuz, well ….Ozzy, and also because I saw him at Voodoo Fest a few years back so naturally I thought my October blog should be about Birmingham.    teehee.

So I read an article once  that said Birmingham (UK) was the birthplace of heavy metal because its where Ozzy is from. Ever since I read that, which may have been in the pre-historic World Tour era, I’ve wanted to go to Birmingham (AL)  and photograph heavy metal (on 35mm film, of course..metal…).  I finally got that chance last May when Laura DeFazio was kind enough to make Birmingham a pit stop on our Road Trip to Nowhere. 

We found this great alley in which to explore metal things and apparently, climb metal things. 

It was a happy surprise to come across the Birmingham Oddities. These kinds of things always have a way of working out on the World Tour that will Never End.   The store was closed (Laura may have scaled the wall, can’t remember..) but it was both a joy and an appropriate oddity to come across on the Road Trip to Nowhere with a slight Ozzy Osbourne angle that later included whales (thats just lagniappe for now)  

Anyhoo, have a spooky Halloween, stay tuned for upcoming photo excitement (PhotoNOLA is just around the corner!) Also if you haven’t seen my latest Sun Print Road Trip pics from Paris and Mexico, click HERE.

Here’s what’s coming up gig wise on Halloween and in November:

October 31st - World’s Spookiest Open Mic Buffas (1001 Esplanade) 7pm

November 7th - Crescent City Farmers Market at the French Market with Patrick Cooper 1:30-4:30

November 15th - Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (5510 Danneel) 8-9pm

November 18th - Songwriter Circle with Jean Bayou and Beth Patterson Buffas (1001 Esplanade) 4-7pm

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Snapshots of York - in Color & B&W

York AL is a short drive from Cuba, so I thought I’d step out in the town for a few minutes to see what it's all about. After going through the photos, many of the images reminded me of older photos I have of another York - not the one in England – a “New” York if you will. Thought it would be fun to compare.  

Welcome To York AL * Central ParkNYC

As it was late in the day when I arrived, the streets of York were buzzing with activity, much like its northern counterpart.

Downtown York, AL    *    Carnegie Hall "New" York

The buildings may not be as high in York, AL as in NYC, but still, the town center was clearly defined.

Downtown York, AL   *    Times Square NYC

No matter where I travel, I always end up photographing churches. 

Progressive Church of Jesus Christ York AL*   St Patricks CathedralNYC

I’m really glad I took the time to visit York – it reminded me of why I am even on a World Tour. Sometimes it’s good just to stop for a sec,  see the world from a different angle, and realize the commonalities.

Yellow Building, Red Light

And that’s what keeps me tourin’..

Central Park Runner NYC

Catch ya down the road...


all content (c) Natasha Sanchez