benmorales The Doppler effect. 6d

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benmorales I usually don't post pet pics but for #nationaldogday I'm happy to make an exception. If you really know me, you know that my dog Hepburn #hepburntheboston is pretty much the center of my life. She's my best bud, my partner in crime and goes with me just about everywhere. In fact, she's the reason I got into photography and Instagram years ago. As a tireless pup, she forced me to get out and explore the world around me and the favorite part my day remains our walks in the park. Someday I hope to be the human she thinks I am. I hope you have a furry friend that loves you unconditionally and brings you joy. 7d

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benmorales Let it shine. 1w

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benmorales Everything is connected. #whpabstract 1w

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benmorales The canal locks at Side Cut made a perfect spot for the famous @redballproject. I was excited to finally see it and meet the artist behind the project. Great work Kurt! 2w

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benmorales ***Photo challenge***
As part of my appearance on the @hashtaggedpodcast (which you should check out) I issued a photo challenge and would love your participation. Simply find a place in your region that you've always been curious about, share your photo of it and a bit of history or what makes it special to you. Tag it #hashtaggedpodcast_008 and you could win an amazing print from Inkdot! Just one more day so hurry!

This is an alternate shot I never posted from my #toledorephotography project. In 1902, the Berdan Building was once home to Berdan & Co., a massive wholesale grocery operation founded in 1836 by Toledo’s first mayor, John Berdan. In its early years, it was said to be the largest business of its kind between New York and Chicago. After being vacant for many years, the Berdan Building will soon get a $30 million facelift as it is transformed into 115 residential units. These places matter, not just because of their beauty or what they once were, but because they are part of the fabric that has shaped our communities and deserve to be around for generations to come, not another parking lot or strip mall.
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benmorales Rhythm and reason. 2w

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benmorales The Ohio Theatre on Lagrange Street in Toledo’s Polish Village, was built in 1921. The last of Toledo’s neighborhood theatres, this historic gem comprises 8,000 square feet and three stories of brick and stone. Built by the Lagrange Street Amusement Company, The Ohio Theatre opened in 1921 with the film “The Mark of Zorro” featuring Douglas Fairbanks, with admission of only 25 cents. It was the largest neighborhood theatre in the country at the time and would serve primarily as a movie house for many years to come, featuring everything from vaudeville and silent films, to movies and weekly serials, and even performing arts. Other noteworthy events include: the movie Louise and the Haunted House required crowd control with people standing in line from 1 to 9 pm on New Year’s Day; and in 1950 Roy Rogers appeared at the theatre with his famous horse Trigger.

After transitioning from several owners, the theatre is now owned and operated by United North, a non-profit community development corporation. They have done an amazing job restoring the place, inside and out. Hosting events of all kinds including live bands, film festivals, and even wrestling matches, it’s great to see a historic treasure so full of life. Several months ago a few other instagrammers and I were given a tour and full access to photograph the interior. It was an awesome experience seeing the old school projectors, playing with the stage lights and exploring the dingy basement of a long past era. If you’re in Toledo, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming @ohiotheatretol events and support this local treasure.
This historic photo, taken in 1922, is courtesy of the good people at the Ohio Theatre and part of my #toledorephotography series, displaying historic images of Toledo photographed again in the present day at the same location.
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benmorales I recently had the privilege of being a guest on the @hashtaggedpodcast, a great new podcast featuring instagrammers and their stories. Check it out if you’d like to learn more about me and my process! Simply subscribe on iTunes or visit the link in my profile.
At the end of the episode I presented a photo challenge for the listeners using my favorite theme: #rephotography. To participate be sure to tag your new post #hashtaggedpodcast_008 for your chance to win an amazing print from Inkdot.com. I hope you enjoy the episode and a big thanks to @hashtaggedpodcast for letting me share my story.
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benmorales By starlight. 2w

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benmorales Heinen's, the most beautiful grocery store I've ever seen. #Cleveland 2w
  •   robertwtobin Wow! Seriously a grocery store? 2w
  •   benmorales @robertwtobin It's unreal. Used to be a bank and has been closed for 25 years, until opening this year as an amazing grocery store . 2w
  •   benmorales @ericmueller It has to! Everything tastes better under Tiffany's stained glass. 2w
  •   benmorales @jsndmrc I'll have to try the food next time, when I'm not distracted by the architecture 🏽 2w
  •   astriupe Wow..amazing 2w
  •   frankoriti Heard you were in town! Hope you enjoyed your time here! 2w
  •   dwazi_2 That's an amazing grocery store! ;) 2w
  •   leighannarbor WOW!! Really?? I am going to Cleveland for the 1st time next month....I am gonna check this place out :-) 2w

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benmorales As the world turns. 2w

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benmorales Electric city. 3w

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