|Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street photo from austintowers.net|
The Rainey Street neighborhood, a formerly sleepy area near the banks of Lady bird Lake, has morphed into the latest hot spot for locals. Old bungalows have been fixed up and turned into bars and cocktail lounges with ample backyards and porches. Over the past two years, Bridget Dunlap... took a collection of broken down homes, gutted them and turned them into cozy bars each with a distinct personality.In the words of any Weasley, "Bloody Brillant Harry!"
My interest was piqued... especially since I love all things Pearl. I looked it up online.
DesignWrite a Story -- taking photos of places and making a story map, or connecting the dots for characters from one location, emotion, or event to the next.
The sepia photographs on the site make you feel the singeing desert heat waves that rise to snuff out your breathing, like a muffler in summer. Nina Simone sings a bluesy Feelin' Good as Lustre Pearl's story unfolds.
Go read for yourself the story of how this nightclub blues singer, stranded in the Nevada desert with a broken down El Camino, is rescued by a gallant Chevy drivin' cowboy named Clive.
And how eventually the two of them end up resting in peace together forever back in Texas.
Clive's bar is down a ways from Lustre's on Rainey Street:
|photo from austintowers.net http://clivebaraustin.com/index.html|
This site is pure Texas Cowboy, set to Kris Kristofferson's whiskey voice crooning
Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again).
A chandelier made of whitewashed whiskey bottles, gleaming oak boarded walls and ceiling and solid cement bar surface set off by - mon Dieu! - white leather tufted / brass tacked bar stools, you get a clear character portrait of a solid and honorable cowboy who appreciates good whiskey and a woman who can sing the blues.
If you're ever in Austin TX, look up Rainey Street. Or just go to the sites here and enjoy the stories the pictures tell.
What stories have you written through random pictures, photos, or illustrations you've seen?
I'd love to hear your stories and experiences in the comments!