The Streets of Auburn

Scott Fillmer August 1972
The author of this blog in August of 1972 in an Auburn shirt at the start of football season.

Auburn for me was something I was born into you might say, but now it’s home. It’s a beautiful town, a community that I’m highly invested in because it’s where I live and work.

To visit the three areas of my site, go to Faith, Photography, or my Blog feed. This is the starting point of a project I’ve been working on for years, but now I’m giving it an official name, The Streets of Auburn. One of the challenges of coming up with a project that you can do in a unique artistic style is being able to capture the essence of the subject beyond the superficial, in my case, beyond what a visiting tourist could do on a football weekend. Whatever the subject, the local is always going to have the advantage because they live and breathe the subject matter on a daily basis, but that also means you can overlook the obvious and still only capture the ordinary.

The purpose of this project (at the time of this writing anyway) is to capture the essence of life as a local in Auburn, Alabama, not just as a football fan on a Saturday afternoon. Sports is such a big part of this town that it has to be included in the subject, but there is so much more to Auburn than sports and football, and that’s what I am going to attempt to show through this project.

Below is a start into editing thousands and thousands of images I have taken of Auburn over the past decade. This is just a start to my edit. The edit will be ongoing and will be done live here on this project page. I will be continually taking images out and putting new images into this project, so come back over time and see how it progresses. The photo above is me at a much younger age, but obviously with a heart for Auburn from the start.

The famous Toomer's Corner Drugstore in Auburn in the summer
The famous Toomer’s Corner Drugstore in Auburn in the summer
Characters painted on the wall in Moe's Original BBQ in Auburn, AL. Booth was shot just after sunset. D7000, 35mm f/1.8 DX
Characters painted on the wall in Moe’s Original BBQ in Auburn, AL. Booth was shot just after sunset. D7000, 35mm f/1.8 DX
Selections from the inside of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn Alabama. Collections change throughout the year, admission is free.
Selections from the inside of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn Alabama. Collections change throughout the year, admission is free.
After sitting on the street for quite a while Sunny comes back to his car for a break. He sings and plays his guitar while presenting the gospel message to those who walk by in Auburn
After sitting on the street for quite a while Sunny comes back to his car for a break. He sings and plays his guitar while presenting the gospel message to those who walk by in Auburn
Making pizza at the Mellow Mushroom in Auburn
Making pizza at the Mellow Mushroom in Auburn
Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn Alabama on the night before the first football game of the 2011 season
Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn Alabama on the night before the first football game of the 2011 season
Auburn vs MSU
The transistor radio crowd listening to the calls on the radio during the Auburn vs MSU game
Auburn Tigers Aday Game 2012
Exiting the tunnel at the start of the Auburn Tigers Aday Game in 2012
Celebration of 4th of July with fireworks in Auburn at AUO
Celebration of 4th of July with fireworks in Auburn at AUO
Samford Hall Auburn University
Classic and iconic, Samford Hall Auburn University on a normal average day.
Auburn Tigers Football vs ULM 2012
Drum Major leading the band before the Auburn Tigers Football vs ULM game in 2012
The Golden Eagle Nova
The Golden Eagle Nova who flew before the Auburn football games landing on mid-field.
Auburn Tigers Aday Game 2012
One of three statues of Heisman Trophy winners. Cam Newton before Auburn Tigers Aday Game 2012
Auburn Tigers Arena
Fans cheer for the Tigers as the new Auburn Tigers Arena opens for play
Tailgating in front of Jordan Hare Stadium
Tailgating before an Auburn football game
Tailgating in front of Jordan Hare Stadium
Tailgating before an Auburn football game
Toomer's Oaks Poisoned
The day after it was discovered the Toomer’s Oak were poisoned by an Alabama fan.
Samford Hall in the Snow
A rare March snowstorm covered Samford hall and the iconic Auburn University sign
An Empty Jordan Hare Stadium
An Empty Jordan Hare Stadium
Tea Party Rally on College Street
Tea Party Rally on College Street
Toomer's Oaks in their glory day
Toomer’s Oaks in their glory day
Samford Hall Walk
Samford Hall Walk
Game Face Painting
Getting the game face on before the Auburn vs LSU game
Painting of Auburn at Publix
Publix supermarket opens with paintings of Auburn in their lobby entrance.
National Championship Outside Toomer's Corner Drugs
National Championship Outside Toomer’s Corner Drugs
Jordan Hare Stadium at Sunset
Jordan Hare Stadium at Sunset
Sun Setting Over Toomer's Drugs in Auburn
Sun Setting Over Toomer’s Drugs in Auburn
Lines waiting to get into the Auburn Tigers Football vs LSU 2012
Lines waiting to get into the Auburn Tigers Football vs LSU 2012
Cam Newton Tigerwalk
Cam Newton goes through Tiger Walk for the last time

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