Irish Festival, Doc's, Caz Park, Imperial, 911. Some of the things that first come to mind when someone says South Buffalo. For me, it's nostalgia. I remember when I was 9 or 10 years old going to the pet store on Seneca Street with my Dad to pick out a new fish for my tank. When we headed into South Buffalo from our home in West Seneca, I vividly remember the density of buildings and people on the side of the street walking about. Back then, this was a big city for me, and it was so much fun visiting. I remember living off of South Park in a shitty apartment when I was 19 with my then girlfriend. I remember sipping whiskey on my best friend's front porch on Cazenovia at 3am. I remember helping many friends move from one apartment to the next in this neighborhood. I remember going to Doc Sullivan's with my wife Jen well before we got married, playing throwback 90's music in juke box and playing shuffleboard. A lot of fun memories are tied to South Buffalo... I'm surprised it took me this long to dedicate a post to the neighborhood.
A few weeks back, I decided to take a few hours early one morning and walk the neighborhoods around Seneca, Abbott and South Park. I only brought my 35mm and 85mm lenses, challenging myself to just take in the surroundings and capture whatever made sense. I edited the images with a bit of sepia style, reflecting some of my personal views and nostalgia of the area. Although this is just scratching the surface of what South Buffalo represents, it's how I remember it. Enjoy!