165 Clinton Avenue

From 1979 to 1981, I attended school at the Street Academy of Albany. It was an alternative high school, a place originally created in 1970 to help provide a way out for the disaffected and marginalized teens in Albany’s inner-city neighborhoods. By 1974, it had moved into the former School No. 7 on Clinton Avenue in Albany, where it would exist for several years. When the Street Academy moved out in the late 1980’s, the building was later used as a church, and today is still in use.

And thus begins a new art project for me.

Last week, I purchased an old photograph of Street Academy from an online dealer. The building looked the same as it did back in 1982, even had the old “Albany City School District / Street Academy of Albany” lettering on the facade.

That brings back a ton of memories.

It also gave me an idea.

The building at 165 Clinton Avenue still stands, although it is now part of the New Covenant Christian Fellowship.

So last Sunday, I drove over to downtown Albany, pulled my Nikon Df out of the camera bag, slapped a 28mm f/2.8 lens on the chassis, and tried to recreate where the original photograph was taken.

This is not easy. But I tried to use as many landmarks as possible from the original photograph to match up with my shooting location. There was a light pole that was along the building’s left side; the right side had scaffolding and a back turret. And although somewhere between 1982 and 2021 someone installed a second hanging traffic signal, I could still place – sorta – where the photo was originally captured.

And I think I got it pretty close.

Okay. Now, let’s see if I can layer the two images together so that the 1982 photo lines up with the 2021 image.

Scuse me, this will take some time. While I’m doing this, how about you watch some shuffle girls dancing to an Electric Light Orchestra song? I promise I’ll be right back.

Okay, that was fun.

So yeah, it took a little finagling, but I’ve got it as close as it will get.

Take a gander at this.

Now that definitely works for me. Nicely built, shall we say.

Or maybe … nicely BUILT, depending on how things go in November. 🙂

Yes, you saw what I did there. 😀