The Streets of Auburn Project

Scott Fillmer August 1972

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

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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