Guy Reynolds: Jefferson Blvd. Back Alley Doors
Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Through March 1, 2013
Anyone that hasn’t driven down Jefferson Blvd. in Oak Cliff on a Saturday afternoon with the windows rolled down is missing a real treat. Jefferson has always been Oak Cliff’s downtown but since the 1970’s the demographic has shifted. Icons like The Charcobroiler and Raven pharmacy remain the same as ever, but in the old Moose Lodge location you’ll find El Ranchito restaurant. Top Ten records still sells music, but now it’s mostly Tejano.
When you drive down the strip it’s a riot of colors, movement and sounds. Gaily painted facades, puffy multicolored dresses in Quincinera shops and pinatas bouncing in the breeze. It’s easy to find things to photograph on Jefferson Blvd., but local photographer Guy Reynolds discovered a lot of interest in the alleyways as well. The result is a collection called Jefferson Blvd. Back Alley Doors at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.
Guy is a staff photographer and blogger for The Dallas Morning News. He spends a lot of time in Oak Cliff riding his bike. It was on one of those photo-safaris that he began to shoot the backsides of Jefferson’s businesses.
Jefferson Blvd. Back Alley Doors is a series of thirty-four images. What you’ll notice at once is the primary colors. It seems odd that the businesses would go to the trouble of painting their back doors but they have matched the colors from front to back even though they are the only ones who will see them. Guy shot from Tyler Street to Ewing using an iPhone and its ShakeItPhoto app, which gives the Polaroid-like border.
He says it’s just easier using an iPhone when your transportation is a bicycle.
Back Door #4 is really cool. I like the way the bricked up window mimics the shape of the door. Advertising ghosts are something I like shooting myself so Back Door #32 is my favorite image in the show. The old American Uniforms sign recalls the history of the location.
Jefferson Blvd. Back Alley Doors closes with a reception on Friday, March 1, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m.