Sometimes I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m the worst Atlantan when it comes to exploring my own town.
Photos by Kala
I get caught up in avoiding the touristy things, I sometimes miss out on all the fun to be had in my backyard- in this case, quite literally.
One hot afternoon I met with my friend Andrea of Kala Photography for a history filled adventure at the Atlanta History Center with our sights set specifically on the Swan House -er- as you may know it, President Snow’s Mansion from the Hunger Games. The Swan Houses beauty has long captivated me: it was one of the places I would consider gettomg married at if budget would been of no mind and it’s beautiful Renaissance revival style can make you completely forget you’re in the South if it weren’t for the unyielding humidity that looms during the summer.
Although the house may have been built with the uber glamourous 1920’s in mind, it still boasts touches of Southern style throughout its garden and exterior. The double cascading wrought iron staircase stood lonely that day, as if begging for a Southern Cinderella to come strolling down in a sweeping gown to meet her Pumpkin carriage.
Since no princesses seemed to be in sight, I took a stab at it myself in my own gingham fairytale dress. The occasional squall of wind sending my hair and dress flying against the unrelenting humidity that has officially settled on Atlanta.
But in a setting like this, and in a dress such as this, I didn’t mind one bit.
Photos by Kala
It was that afternoon that I learned, with a fresh perspective (and a fanciful dress) being a tourist in your own town can really change your outlook on how you see your city. It’s important to experience your city in both the local and tourist aspect, as both can offer an unique perspective into what your home is evolving into. And since Atlanta is still growing and maturing, I hope to get to spend many more afternoons like this, strolling through a historic site, in a fantastic dress with a camera in hand to look at Atlanta in a new light.