The Church of Our Merciful Saviour in Louisville, Kentucky was established in 1891. The church is located at 473 South 11th Street in Louisville’s near west end. This historic church was built in the Late Gothic Revival style and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The Muhammad Ali center is a multicultural center with an award wining museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. It is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Louisville at 144 N. 6th Street. Ali was a boxing champ, a humanitarian, and a Louisville legend. He is widely regarded as one of the most important sports figures of the 20th century.
I recently visited the Muhammad Ali Center with a friend of mine who was visiting from Philly. While there I snapped a few pictures. Here is what I saw.
Ali – Our Champion Forever
Islam vs. Christianity
I am the Greatest!
Winter in the window overlooking the Ohio River
A young Cassius Clay
“Cassius immediately springs to his feet” -Leroy Neiman
In the Lobby
Jimmy Can’t Dance is a Jazz and Blues club located in beautiful downtown Louisville, Kentucky on 7th street.
My young friend Victoria and I Ubered our way down there to drink with the grown-ups and listened to the jazz. Nate Lopez and his Eight String were playing for our listening enjoyment and I must say they exceeded our expectations.
So when I ordered our drinks I asked the girl back of the bar would it be OK to teach Jimmy to Dance? She said no, I didn’t say Jimmy didn’t know how to dance, I said Jimmy can’t dance. There’s a difference. That got me to thinking, why can’t Jimmy dance? Maybe Jimmy got no legs. Maybe Jimmy dead. Maybe Jimmy just don’t exist. That’s what I said. But one thing’s for sure. Jimmy can’t dance. But he sure plays a mean eight sting guitar!
Nate Lopez and Nioshi Jackson
John Breckinridge Castleman
This monument represents John Breckinridge Castleman, a confederate officer (1841-1918). It stands in the Cherokee Triangle, in Louisville, Kentucky. It was privately commissioned in 1913. The monument was vandalized and subsequently conserved on multiple occasion notably in 1996, and in 2017, and most recently on February 7, 2018. The City of Louisville is currently holding meetings to garner public sentiment for guidance as to the final fate of this monument.
House the Homeless
I was having breakfast in one of my favorite hamburger joints, Burger Boy, down on Burnett, when I looked up from the book I was reading and I noticed a single black female, short in stature, with long black hair and fake eyelashes sitting with her back to me at the lunch counter. She was wearing a black ball cap and a black leather jacket. The jacket had silver studs on the collar and along the half circle of each of the shoulders. She had on tight blue jeans and brown suede fringed moccasins that went half way up her well-shaped calves. There was a red leather purse with a gold chain sitting on the counter in front of her.
She kept glancing at her cell phone as she patiently waited for her food too to arrive. She got it to go. When it came, she picked up the white plastic bag the waitress had placed before her and she stepped away from the counter.
It was then that I witnessed the full effect of her great beauty as her face came into full view. She then made her way to the front door and departed. It was a moment.
KMAC Couture is a wearable art runway show presented by KMAC Museum In Louisville, Kentucky each April. This event offers a unique way to experience the Museum.
Everything Couture Here?
I walked into the party
my scarf it was apricot
I had one eye in the viewfinder
and the other rubbering around the room
the girls in their lavish dresses
were on display for all to see
A cupcake is a tasty treat
and the eye candy looked so sweet…
the gates of heaven must be open
I think I saw an angel just walk by.
KMAC Museum, 715 W, Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky
All photos by Benn Bell
What hood this is I think I know.
I walk and think while the hood fills up with snow.
Old Louisville is where I walk around
As the snow flakes fall gently to the ground
I linger here a while
And what I see makes me smile
The pretty little houses with the snow piled high
I take a few pictures to remember by.
The North Face
Which Way did they go?
Walking in the Hood on a Snowy Day
Now that’s a horse of a different color
Last night I went to a party put on by the Third Street Association here in Louisville, Kentucky. It was in a beautiful old Victorian home. For while I thought I was lost in the Ingmar Bergman film, Fanny and Alexander or the Short Story The Dead, by James Joyce. Such was the beauty of the home I went to and the magical quality of the experience.
Both the stories were about a Christmas celebration among family and friends in spacious beautiful old homes decorated for the occasion. Both stories were a celebration of the love of family and friends and the human nature we are all heir too.
The House on Third was full of great Christmas cheer, fun, and laughter.
Third Street Association – Photo by Benn Bell
Fanny and Alexander a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Third Street – Louisville
Don’t shoot me I’m the piano player
From the Movie Fannie and Alexander
From the Movie Fanny and Alexander
From the Movie The Dead Directed by John Houston
“His soul swooned softly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”
-James Joyce from his short story, The Dead
Genius Loves Company
Picasso Exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris
The Studio, Currently on display at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky
Untitled Picasso Sculpture in Daley Plaza in Chicago
Woman, Chicago Art Institute
Photo: Benn Bell Sculpture: Picasso Model: Ginger Bell
All Photos by Benn Bell