Bank Door 2011
Recently, I had the pleasure to re-connect with a talented freelance photographer, Debbie Winchester, while she was in Florida for a few days. We decided to go around downtown Tampa with our cameras for a few hours. We had a great time chatting and taking photographs around the University of Tampa and the downtown area.
Late in our walk, we ended up by a bank I had never noticed before. It was a weekend, so the bank was closed and the iron security doors were pulled out. The doors, adorned with images of coins and presidents appearing on U.S. currency, were so cool (and so appropriate for a bank).
I took several images and came up with one or two I liked. Had a car not been parked directly in front of the bank, I might have made a full image of the doors.
Happy New Year! The year is off to a pretty good start. Several photos I took last year at an event (including the image above) have been published in a calendar. More images (some by me, some by others) are available on Flickr.
I attended one of the best events leading up to the 2010 East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star football game benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children (in the interest of full disclosure the hospital system is my employer and I had no involvement in the calendar project).
Each year, coaches and players visit a Shriners Hospitals for Children to see the reason behind the game, and meet children and families benefiting from the specialized medical services provided by the hospital system. The game last year was in Orlando, so everyone boarded buses and headed to west on I-4 to the hospital in Tampa.
Seeing these big, burly football players interacting with the kids is a lot of fun. The excitement of the children meeting these guys is even more fun to see (and photograph). It’s a real pep-rally environment with food, music, games and activities for everyone.
This year’s game is Jan. 22 in Orlando and they will again visit the Tampa hospital. You can bet I’ll be at the hospital visit again this year.
Find out more about Shriners Hospitals for Children and the East-West Shrine Game.