Streets of Sixth Street during SXSW
by Austin Photographer Ken Black
March 18, 2015
Another typical Wednesday in Austin where one can cruise down Sixth Street of Austin and expect to see bunch of bars desperate for business because it is Wednesday. Wait a minute, this is South by Southwest. Let me take that back the streets are jammed pack with people and the bars are loving every minute of the flood of patrons. Think God for SXSW. A Wednesday night that would put many of the regular Saturday nights of Sixth Street to shame. I am almost hesitant with anticipation as to what Sixth will be like this Friday and Saturday. All I can say is get there early.
As always, there will be the typical characters on Sixth Streets. The dress up characters, the contortionist, and a mega increase in the number streets bands. My favorite part. This is were I love being an Austin Photographer. However, certain things I missed, like the bachelorette parties getting ready for their big wedding day in Austin or where ever, and the devoid spirit of Sixth Street that keeps it going from week to week. I am not complaining. Austin needs SXSW like people need a good vitamin shot to rejuvenate themselves. Plus if anything SXSW helps put Austin on the map. I met a couple of girls form England that had beautiful English accents, a couple of crazy cusses from Australia that had some posing ideas that I would never think of, and a couple of dudes from Dallas that wanted to offer me a cigarette for the amazing picture I took. I don’t smoke and I am not being egotistical when I say the picture was really good. More importantly, I would say 90% of the people I asked to photograph, said “yes”. Kind of a big deal because sometimes I get rejected like a dude getting rejected by every girl in the bar.