Sometimes the colors and the lighting come together in a shot in a magical way. The late afternoon lighting at Brazo illuminated the richly colored and textured walls and chairs alongside the lighting over the bar – and I can’t help but look at this image and want to take a seat. The chair at center catches the light just perfectly as if it’s the chosen 0ne – I think I’ll have to stop in sometime soon to see if it was.
I recently had the good fortune to stop in at Brazo Restaurant on Pleasant Street to shoot the warm and inviting interior. I remember my first time walking through the arches into the restaurant, and being completely surprised by the textures and the richness of the interior, after not knowing what to expect from the short and unique building. The food is also phenomenal, I usually go for a fish plate or the catch of the day – and I have yet to be disappointed. I can’t nail the feeling of the place perfectly, so why not use what they’ve posted on their website:
“What if Portsmouth had fling with a Latin Lover? What if mojo filled the streets, steaming with the heat of Cuban, Spanish and Latin music? What if you could drink a caipirinha on a Tuesday night? Or Salsa with someone you’d never met?” To top it off – they have Latin Night and dancing on the first and third Fridays of every month (with a live salsa band). If you haven’t stopped in yet, you probably owe it to yourself to check it out. I hope the photo is one more vote of encouragement.
There’s something about a vertical streetscape shot that just does it for me. The tall frame seems to fit nicely on the layout of the website, so I thought it would be appropriate to follow up on the straight on shot of Brazo on Pleasant Street from last week with a vertical one. I love the little alcoves that welcome people into the building, and they make for an interesting flow through the frame. In the next couple days I’ll be mixing it up with some shots from the archives as I plot out my next evening venture.
It’s no secret that I work very close to the intersection at State and Pleasant Street. I don’t spend too much time wandering this area during the warmer months, as I tend to roam a bit further and head towards the waterfront….but these days when light retreats quickly and the temperatures are a bit cooler, I tend to walk a little closer to the car and drive further out. I decided to see what the new lens would do on a nearby favorite restaurant of mine, Brazo. As far as photography goes, I love the evening light on the building and the interesting archways along with the colorful signage. The contrast of the bright blue Marple & James building next door and the brick mansion behind it adds to the depth and character of the shot.
I’ve had several great meals at Brazo – and while I definitely can’t afford to include it as a regular spot, I always look forward to returning. Rumor has it that the band that plays on Latin night (on the 1st & 3rd Friday of each month) is fantastic and worth making the trip. I’ll have to investigate at some point -but in the meantime I hope you enjoy today’s post.