The Ladies of Utica Square


I had some time to kill waiting for a prescription at a Utica Square shopping center.


So I took my strange looking Kodak Brownie loaded with the medium format 120 film,


and shot some old school black and white photographs. Taking old school pics is kind of fun but you know really if I had a digital camera I would have reshot all of these pics to minimize cars, strange reflections, glare and such. Old school though doesn’t give you that immediate feedback you have to turn the film in and wait. And nobody offers one hour processing on 120 film. Still, I love the pics despite the many flaws, or because of all the flaws.


(My favorite)

It was mid morning and me and these ladies had the run of the place.

The Weekend in Black and White

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29 thoughts on “The Ladies of Utica Square


    Oh my…I really have to disagree in a way. When your refer to ‘blocking out’ all the busy background of cars and such. Only because the way you’ve captured these women—well, the background gives it much charm. And, I agree with you…your favorite is mine also.

    PS…Oh Tom Brady is more than a ‘cocky’ one. I have more profound description….but won’t put it here. LOLOLOL

  2. Daryl Edelstein

    I wonder if they look more grey/white than black/white due to the processing .. I am old enough to remember b/w photography and it used to be more crisp with more contrast .. nevertheless I like these and the old time feeling ..

  3. Yogi♪♪♪

    @Daryl – I don’t know enough about to answer your question about the processing. The lack of crispness probably has to due with the camera. Plus since I’m still learning I’m declining the more expensive high contrast film for the most inexpensive.

  4. Impulsive Addict

    Do you know how many times I’ve been to Utica? About 10. (It’s too far out of my way but JK and I have been known to eat some good grub over there) Anyway, I’ve never noticed these lovely ladies. It’s no secret that I’m not observant.

  5. Gaelyn

    Lovely ladies. I enjoy seeing the results of your Brownie, my first camera. Yet would also like to see these beauties in a colorful crisp manner. Maybe you’ll get back to Utica Square with your digital.

  6. Sylvia K

    Terrific captures regardless of the camera/parked cars and gray skies, you just have a great eye for a great shot! Really interesting statues! Have a great weekend!


  7. Leedslass

    I’m fascinated by the second statue as she’s in modern dress so I’m wondering if she has anything to do with WW2? I’m not a b/w fan but have to confess these ladies look delightful.

  8. Martha Z

    Nice sculptures. I know you enjoy playing with your collection of cameras but I feel no nostalgia for film, it’s too expensive and I’m too impatient to wait for it to return from the processor.

  9. Beth Zimmerman

    I LOVE these photos! Not sure I’ve ever noticed these statues. Of course the only times I’ve gone to Utica Square … I’ve been headed into, or out of, Olive Garden! 🙂

  10. Janie

    I do like the dignity of black and white. I haven’t used a film camera in a long time. I’m not sure there’s anyplace local here that would develop film.

  11. DrillerAA09

    I have never seen these ladies before. I really need to be more attentive that next time I’m in Utica Square. I also need to take my camera with me. Nice work.

  12. forgetmenot

    What wonderful statues! And, such fun using your old Kodak. Sad that the company will no longer be around anymore–they just didn’t keep up with the times. Have a great weekend. Mickie 🙂

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