Market memories

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

When my camera comes out, often I am thinking of creating something imaginative or creative as a piece of art.  Journalistic or documentary photography is different in that you are recording things as they exist for any number of reasons.

Over the last few years, I have dabbled at a project to photograph some of Knoxville’s iconic signs, trying to put an artistic bend to my images.  A few have been shared here including the Fountain City Exxon sign and the Knox Rail Salvage water tower before becoming a political billboard.

A couple of years ago I stopped to photograph the Smoky Mountain Market building and sign just south of the Henley Bridge.  The sign brings back memories of moving to Knoxville when their hot dogs were an affordable lunch staple.  What are some of your best SMM memories?

This Chapman Highway market is now gone.  You never know when a photo you take might become part of history.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest. They have a studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street. Their website is And yes, they will be in the gallery until 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, for First Friday. All works are copyright protected.


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