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You can’t beat hitting the streets on foot when you really want to take a closer look at a city. And sometimes you just can’t beat a good old-fashioned film camera.

When I took to the streets of Cleveland to explore my hometown with a fresh set of eyes (which was also captured on video, watch it here!), I packed along a Minolta x-370 camera. But using film instead of digital means you don’t have shots to waste. Every picture I took represented a meaningful aspect of the city I love.

From the iconic West Side Market to University Circle to the my favorite skyline view, here are a few shots of Cleveland the way I see it: the gritty, Rust Belt town filled with fantastic history and architectural wonders on every block.

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One of my favorite skyline views is from a swing bridge over the Cuyahoga River, next to the Detroit-Superior Bridge.

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East Fourth Street has become an iconic spot showcasing the nightlife and awesome dining scene in Cleveland.

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I stumbled across this mural by Tristan Eaton. It’s located by the garage of the Horseshoe Casino, where the Stanley Block building once stood.

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The War Memorial, or the Fountain of Eternal Life, is one of my favorite pieces of public art in Cleveland. Plus, you catch a great view of the Terminal Tower.

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Architecture doesn’t get much more iconic than Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The William G. Mather tells a story of our history on Lake Erie and reminds me of childhood visits to the shore.

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I’ve always called this the “Church of the Holy Oil Tin.” Now, it’s a memorable landmark for me in University Circle.

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I’m no photography professional, but I’ll go ahead and call this a happy accident using film. #nofilter

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Another happy accident using a film camera makes this shot of the West Side Market look like pop art. #stillnofilter

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Gray skies or blue, Cleveland is my city.

 

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