While walking back from Village Brewing in Downtown Somerville to get another stamp on our winter Sip and See passport, this colourful mural caught my eye. I don’t know who created it or what it represents. I was drawn to the combination of colours and how the mural looked in the mid-afternoon sun.
The borough of Somerville is 24 kilometres (about 35 minutes in the car) from my home and is the county seat for Somerset County. Like most of New Jersey, it was settled in colonial times (18th century) primarily by the Dutch, who purchased land from the English. Most of the "action" in Somerville happens on the strip of Main Street between North Gaston Avenue and the circle between County Route 202 and County Route 206.
Downtown Somerville is mostly pubs and restaurants, and boutique shops. Some time ago, a section of Division Street between North Main Street and South Street was closed to vehicular traffic and turned into an outdoor mall. Bhavna and I wanted to complete our Summer Sip and See passports with visits to Village Brewing and Jersey Cyclone Brewing. We had our passports stamped at Flounder Brewing, Bellemara Distillery, and Burnt Hills Cider earlier in the summer. We used the opportunity to walk around this part of the main street.
I loaded a 36-exposure roll of Lomography Colour 100 into my Minolta X-700 with MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 lens. The results are not what I expected. I suspect that I underexpose each frame.