Walking into Revelator coffee, I was struck with how cold-toned industrial hipster it was. Which was suprising because most hipster coffee shops are warm toned with bricks and wood and warm colors (red, orange, yellow). However, this place had cool tones (blue and grey) with clean concrete and light wood. So it was cold… but still very inviting. Wow, this place is hard to describe with words. Just look out the photos instead.
Velo Coffee Roasters
The location that I visited at 509 E Main St is mainly for brewing. However, they are opening a dedicated coffee shop which I was just a few days too early to visit.
The entrance is on the side of a brick building downtown and you have to walk through an outside door before you get to the door of the actual building. So, it feels like an under the radar location. The inside is raw and industrial with steel, concrete, and wood. You see burlap bags of coffee, a packing station, and brewing tanks when you walk in.
The service is casual and friendly, maybe because of the low profile location. There aren’t many places to sit and work, so it’s more like a coffee place that you pop in, chat with the barista, get your coffee, and leave. However, this means that the barista isn’t bogged down with a bunch of orders so she can chat with you about the coffee world, Chattanooga, or the new location. However, I don’t recommend stoping by to flirt or tell the barista all of your problems like college kids to do to receptionists in college dorms.
I’ve had their coffee before - and loved it - so I bought a bag for myself and a sample tin for one of my fellow coffee loving friends. Meanwhile, I got a nitro brew. The nitro brew is not your average coffee experience, the flavor is the same - but that’s about it. Because of the infused nitrogen, the liquid seems heavier and the texture is creamy smooth. It doesn’t taste as strong as normal coffee either. The nitro brew was such a new experience for me that it was difficult to think about anything else while I was drinking it.. That's saying a lot. If you have the chance, you should get a nitro brew because it might change how you think about coffee. I'm not sure if I like the nitro brew or not, but its contrast to normal coffee made me able to appreciate it more
I can’t wait to visit their new location! The one disappointment that I had here was the lack of workspace. Their new location will solve that problem and if it’s anything like the one I visited, I want to be there. Check out their page for more information.
I got a Finca El Puente which came in a black teapot with a mug, which I’ve never seen before. I briefly wondered if they gave me the right thing at first, and then realized that the teapot was to keep the coffee warm. I’m a slow coffee drinker, I like to take a sip every few minutes so I...
If you've read my previous post, you would know that a few weeks ago I visited Chattanooga and went hiking on the Stevenson Trail with my to-be-sister-in-law and took photos just for fun. If you didn't know... well, now you do.
Taking photos in the square format and knowing that I would probably want to convert the images to black and white, I thought back into photography's history. I love the nature photography of Ansel Adams, the scenic landscape. However, the scenic lanscape has become very... practical. It has become practical to a point where I wouldn't feel very creative if I just took photos of the average landscape, as I did in the image below.
It's beautiful, it's well composed, but it's nothing new.
While walking down the path, I saw this rock (the one below this paragraph). It had such a beautiful, simple shape that I thought of Edward Weston and how he brought simplicity to nature photography by emphasizing shapes and textures. I also thought of my fiancé Daniel, because he loves rocks and complains about the lack of rock in Mississippi.
So I decided to keep an eye out for interesting shapes on the hike, this is what I found.
Some of the shapes are from rocks, some are made by light (or absence thereof) and some are made by empty space. Some of the shapes aren't directly geometrical, some just show a strong organic shape. Hopefully, I played with the boundaries of what shape is.
Chattanooga TN has a great little corner of art of the river. Daniel (the boyfriend) and I arrived at 9 am in the springily cool air and bright sun to explore the outdoor sculpture garden.
It was great to see the alien-looking things frozen in a garden, the unfamiliar mixed with the familiar. The two contrast each other beautifully, emphasizing the differences which gives each its identity. I wonder how differently the sculptures would be perceived if they were in a different location.
I noticed that artists create things about what they find interesting or important. Displayed beside each other were two artists, Jeffery Morton was interested in kudzoo while Jan Chenowith explored what it meant to be foreign and how cultures influence each other artistically.
I got to sketch a bit before we had to leave for lunch, I wish I had more time but this is what I could come up with in 5 minutes. It was so very refreshing to exercise my drawing muscle.
One of my idols, Ansel Adams, was displayed in the museum, he has four awesome photographs there. They are simple, extremely well exposed and printed shots of nature, yet to me they were so much more than that. Ansel Adams is so admired because while the whole world was focused on the use of photography for documenting and sharing important events around the world, he was taking pictures of nature. Something which doesn't tell of all the horrors of war, and something that will probably still be there tomorrow. I think that he is so well known today because he reminded the world of something peaceful and rich which belonged to everyone in a time of depression and war.
Another artist that I recognized was Willem de Kooning. I blogged about him in my "Project: de Kooning - Part One" post. I don't really understand this piece, but I do appreciate it. Most of his paintings were of women, and I think that some shapes and contours in this painting show it. I don't really get this piece, but it is expressive, implicative, and quite interesting. It calls you to look at it, think, and feel.
Contemporary art, the art of today, focuses on using a mix of different medias to challenge the the rules and ideals of society.
I was taken back at how well I fit into this genra. It really made me wonder whether I'm just a product of society and the art movement or if I was just born into the right time. Would I still have this mindset/theme if I wasn't born into this specific time? I am tempted to reject the contemporary theme so that I'm not just another product of society, but that would still mean that society is affecting me. So whatever I do, I'm still a product of the world around me. Therefore, I won't run towards it or away from it, but rather continue to carefully make my own path. As one of my friends likes to say, it's better I travel well than to arrive.