Years ago, a sighting of even just one rainbow flag or sticker around and about the neighborhood would hearten me, as they'd typically been quite rare.
These days, however, I find my spirit and sense of support bolstered by the number of HRC and rainbow stickers on vehicles on the blocks in my general vicinity. Nonetheless, prominent and/or year-round displays are still fairly uncommon. Thus, I try not to take them for granted.
During 2019's Pride season, there were some fantastic displays, most of which were fleeting. On my block, for example, there was a pair of rainbow flags flying prominently from a condo building. Though that display was fairly short-lived, it was beautiful if one caught sight of it.
And on a prime block of Colley Avenue, Naro Cinema knocked it out of the park with a rainbow flag that flew for a considerable while and a fleeting marquee post that referenced the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
Naro Video also mounted a truly lovely display, with a rainbow flag posted behind the vivid and iconic neon sign that so colorfully identified that fantastic repository of culture, which has since – I'm sad to say – closed after 30 years in operation. Taken together, though, Naro Cinema and Naro Video's displays were striking at night, and if there was a single motivation for me to photograph neighborhood rainbow flags on film, it was indeed that.
So, what you see in this post are images of various rainbow flags around and about the neighborhood, captured on Kodak Portra 400 film – which, at the time I made these photographs, I'd never had any developed and scanned. In addition to that uncertainty, some of these images were captured with an Olympus OM-2N from which I'd never had any film developed. The others were from a Nikon F100 and zoom lens with which I had previously achieved pleasing results. Nonetheless, I had some unexpected results from even what I deemed a tried and true Nikon camera and lens combo, and experienced some issues with the Olympus as well (light leaks, I think, which surprised me, since I'd changed the seals on it; perhaps my efforts were not up to snuff).
Given some of those unexpected results using film cameras, I've lately been rephotographing, using digital gear, some of the sights that still remain; we really are fortunate to have some very nice and rather prominent rainbow flag displays around the neighborhood even now, as we move swiftly toward October.
Note: Across Colley Avenue from the Naro, Ghent Antiques flew a lovely flag during the Pride season, though it was posted only during business hours and I never did get a good shot of it.