Days Gone By (by Greg Foster Photography)
The image is an Atlanta landmark, the old Goody’s Drug Store on W. Ponce de Leon with its crumbling Kodak sign. Graffiti and old-fashioned, painted advertisements peel up from the wall behind a scraggly, leafless city tree and the relic of a payphone. The tag reads ‘BALL’ or ‘BALE’ in capital, bubble letters. The last letter is shaped like a snake eating itself. The ads say ‘DISCOUNT PRICES!’ and ‘GOODY’S,’ also in capital letters. The company name is in a cursive script. An illegible word is written on the tale of the ‘G.’ Beneath, the wall reads ‘1 hr. color film developing’ and, lower, ‘24 hr. B&W.’ Telephone poles are visible to the viewer’s right, as is a distant, indistinct man walking away. He is a couple of doors down, near the entrance of the Atlanta Eagle. The ‘walk’ icon glows where he passed through the crosswalk. The sky behind is full of clouds.
For non-Atlantans, Ponce and Moreland are the arteries of Atlanta surface streets and my life. I see this often.