Pull Up a Barstool and Let Me Tell You About…

OneTooMany, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Last night I did a small photo shoot inside a place called the Carousel Lounge-a small, local bar in downtown Austin. There was a Dixieland band playing there and I decided to tag along to take some pictures.

I love shooting in bars, even though bars are very unusual environments to shoot in. For starters, I always think I’m never going to get anything. I left last night thinking, “Meh, maybe I got a shot or two, but not much” and it always feels that way when you’re in there. But then, sometimes, if you’re lucky, there’s something about the lights, the atmosphere, maybe it’s the music, or the “Norm!” aspect-how you feel like everybody knows your name-somehow it all just comes together and clicks. That’s how bars are for me. I always wind up getting some very intriguing shot of a bar somehow, though usually it’s by no dumb luck of my own.

I think bars are just interesting places to be and the pictures sort of just fall out in the wash. Yeah, maybe that’s it.

So how’s your weekend?

Until next time…


  1. mythopolis
    August 29, 2009 / 10:44 pm

    Something about that photo reminds me of how things look to me after one too many Shiner Bocks!

  2. Carol
    August 31, 2009 / 5:04 am

    I didn't think it was possible to have one too many Shiner Bocks but I guess it is.

  3. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    September 2, 2009 / 10:55 am

    Love that shot! I also loved Norm's entry into Cheers each week! And I went to that bar when I was in Boston in '91. Sadly, Ted Danson wasn't serving…

  4. Carol
    September 3, 2009 / 7:11 pm

    Oh, I heard that it looks very different on the inside (the Cheers bar does.) I lived outskirts of Boston for a while but never went inside the bar to check it out. Maybe if I ever get back that way, I'll go and have a peek.

    Norm was one of my favorites though. I loved how everybody always shouted, "Norm!" no matter what they were doing.

  5. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    September 9, 2009 / 5:41 pm

    Me too! (Loved how they shouted 'Norm!' whatever they were doing, that is…) And yes the bar is completely different inside, but was identical on the outside. Well that was 18 years ago so it may have changed now.

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