PHOTO FLOOD SAINT LOUIS

A surge of images along the banks of the Big Muddy.


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Mini-Flood 36: Saint Louis Art Museum

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photograph by Jason Gray

It has been almost three years since we last Flooded the venerable Saint Louis Art Museum. In that short time, they have added an entire new wing, a parking garage, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Also, on this Friday evening, the Museum will be screening JAWS for its Art Hill Film Series, hosting a bevy of delicious food truck fare, and more. slam009

photograph by Peter Hung

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Mini-Flood 35: STL-Style

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

Clever design duo, Jeff and Randy Vines set up shop on a corner storefront along Cherokee Street five years ago (in 2010), and built a t-shirt empire. That said, STL-Style is not merely a St. Louis-themed apparel boutique; it is the ethos for an entire movement to revitalize the city, fueled by two vocal brothers whose love for STL is without limits.

As STL-Style turned five, the Vines and 400 or so of their closest friends celebrated with the Half-Decade Escapade, an afternoon filled with food, booze, live music, and all of the color and character that makes this business truly special. ¬†Photo Flood Saint Louis wouldn’t have missed this event for the world; hopefully you didn’t either!

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photograph by Jason Gray

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Mini-Flood 27: Amanda and John’s Wedding

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

It has finally happened, two Photo Flooders have tied the knot, and what better way to celebrate this triumph than by inviting PFSTL to Flood it?! (this might seem inappropriate unless you know our soon-to-be Mrs. Joern)

Though they did not meet in Photo Flood Saint Louis, both John and Amanda have been longtime supporters of the group, and great friends to many members for much longer than that. What’s more, the duo know how to throw a funky bash, and this event was no less. Read along as we wish the happy couple well, show some pics, and experience a PFSTL first!

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photograph by Jason Gray

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Photo Flood 22: Clayton

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photograph by Michelle Williams

Clayton, the administrative and economic center of St. Louis County, shares a relationship with St. Louis that is both symbiotic and affronting. In 1876, residents of the city grew tired of seeing their tax contributions distributed to what was then a small population spread across a vast area; reasoning that the city would be unlikely to ever grow beyond its current border, legislation was drafted that would formally separate the city, and its 300,000+ residents, from the county, with its measly 20,000+. If the situation had remained forever as it was then, this move would have made sense, especially since the much larger city required exponentially more funds to extend services to its residents. However, not long after the split was made final (a move known as The Great Divorce), St. Louis was already pressing against its boundaries, which did not prevent growth from occurring outside of them, and in fact, exacerbated new development within the city limits. In the long history of St. Louis, no decision had more deleterious an effect on the stability of the municipality than deciding to form an independent city, seceded from St. Louis County.

Still, one might feel compelled to ask, were there any benefits to the Divorce? The answer is yes, for Clayton.

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

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Mini-Flood 20: Ballpark Village

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photograph by Theresa Harter

No matter what your stance is on sports, in St. Louis, one cannot help but be a baseball fan. That is because the city is the home turf of the St. Louis Cardinals; a team with one of the most dedicated fanbases in all of professional sports. In 2014, Cardinals Nation (as those fans are better known) welcomed an exciting new addition to the former empty lot across the street from Busch Stadium. Ballpark Village opened officially on March 27, with a public unveiling of the completed first phase of projects in the multi-phase master plan. Nearly two weeks later, the site became host to a spectacular Home Opener event, which included the grand opening of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a huge pep rally, and much more. These events celebrate both opening day for the Cardinals’ 2014 season, and the successful creation of one of the country’s first, team-integrated, sports-themed, entertainment districts; with some exceptional luck (and kind help from Ballpark Village), Photo Flood Saint Louis was there to record the event and to cheer on the Birds.

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photograph by Jeni Kulka

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photograph by Jason Gray

“‘Your St. Louis’ Speaks” by Nathan Benjamin Young Jr., 1937:

I was a Metropolis when Chicago was a trading post;
I was a cosmopolitan on the bank of a moody river when Philadelphia and Boston were pulsated only by town-criers;
Along my levee French and Spaniard and Aborigine and African met and understood each other.
I was founded upon a hardy brotherhood.
I became asylum to a horde of freedom-bent Germans from an oppressive Fatherland;
I was a bosom to the shorn lambs of Ireland.
When Gold polarized the West, through my bounden limbs converged the Argonauts of ‘forty-nine.
Frugal Yankees and touchy Southrons came and fetched their feud over slavery;
Slave pens and a public mart are among my relics in limbo, but I supplied History with the cause celebre named for black Dred Scott.
I was a Union City in 1861, yet I gave succor and occasion to Confederate sympathizers–(I should be the most liberal city in the U.S.A.).

I am the center of the Continent. I am the centripetal capital of these United States, for I am proud of all sections;…
I am the American City of manifest destiny–I am St. Louis.

St. Louis, the city of a robust and complicated history, turns 250 years old in 2014, and the organization tasked with celebrating the occasion is stl250. Throughout 2014, Photo Flood Saint Louis has partnered with stl250 to photograph their many wonderful and historic events as they unfold.

1. Mini-Flood 14: First Night Grand Center

2. Mini-Flood 16: Burnin’ Love Festival

3. Mini-Flood 17: Reenactment of the Founding of St. Louis

4. Mini-Flood 18: The Biggest Birthday Ball


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Mini-Flood 16: Burnin’ Love Festival

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photograph by Jason Gray

Popular opinion suggests that St. Louis was founded upon February 15, 1764. Still, arguments can be made for the important occassion having happened on either the 14th or 16th of February that year. Therefore, it is probably not such a big deal that Mother Nature ruined, with her display of ice and brutal cold, the first big attempt at celebrating St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

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photograph by Theresa Harter

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