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Howdy all! I'm Ryan, and you've stumbled upon my vast personal collection of retail photography (hence the name RetailByRyan95, formerly over-confident Ryanrules95).

 

Who am I? A Hampton Roads Virginia native and just a big ol’ dork who happens to be super into commercial architecture and such. Oh, and I like cartoons and funny movies and rap/r&b music but that doesn’t matter much on here. But yeah, retail alone is just another interest and side project. Wanna hear my boring story? Read on…

 

I’ve been a part of the retail photography game since June 2007. One day on a commute with my mom I felt the need to use her newish digital camera and start taking (crappy) photos of stores from the highway. It was really just an "LOL how unconventional!" type-thing at first, but as the weeks went on this strange habit kept on goin'.

 

After a few months of lurking Flickr, I joined on September 8th, 2007 because it was the first day I had Internet at home and I’d seen other users on here post retail photos. I mean, really, people take this weird stuff seriously? Who knew? The community on here seemed cool, so I kept on putting up more and more content, and my skills continued to improve. My interest started waning at the end of 2010, and for an entire year (springs 2011-2012) I was on hiatus. Luckily receiving a newer camera for Christmas 2011 revitalized me and I made my return!

 

Needless to say, my photostream is probably the best source on the web if you’re interested in the history of businesses on the Hampton Roads Peninsula. I take all the photos myself (except for the very few grabbed from property record databases/Loopnet) and do hours of extensive research on each property I photograph through various sources (newspapers, phone books, etc.), as well as my general knowledge of retail. However, I AM human and sometimes I make mistakes on descriptions, but for the most part what I write about is accurate.

 

What I have is a never-ending project since businesses come and go like crazy. Plus there’s a helluva lot of places I need to go to re-take some of the really lousy pics I currently have, so I have a full plate. It’s a lot of fun to go around and get the best shots I can, at some costs. Needless to say, some people don’t like what I do, and I have gotten in serious trouble before, but my passion keeps me going. So uh, just stay tuned to when I put some new pics up and enjoy what is before you now!

 

PLEASE NOTE: The photos on this photostream are NOT meant to advertise the pictured businesses. They are for the sole purpose of retail history and development documentation, and are not intended for commercial use. They are also NOT intended to demonstrate how a store runs or the quality of that store. The sole purpose of this photostream is to document businesses and how they're set-up/decorated at the time of my visit, since things are always changing and I feel like it's important to document these places as is. So if you own one of these places, don’t come yapping to me just because I took some photos. I have no ill intentions! I'm an amateur and this is just a hobby. I don't make any dough-re-mi off of this page, on God.

 

CONTACT INFO: If you want me to visit a local location, or happen to like a photo of mine enough to actually use it in your own presentation(s), shoot me a message here on Flickr, or email me at ryanrules95@yahoo.com where I’ll be happy to oblige. Just don’t steal ‘em. And if you find an inaccuracy in one of my descriptions or have more information to share with me, by all means do so! Good day.

 

©RetailByRyan95 ^_^

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  • JoinedSeptember 2007
  • OccupationRetail
  • HometownHampton Roads, VA
  • Current cityHampton Roads, VA
  • CountryUnited States of America

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Ryanrules95 is pretty young to have this fascination with retail conversions, but once he caught the "disease," he caught it bad! He's just as hooked as the rest of us. And he is not afraid to simply ask the proprietor if he can take some pics, where the more timid would hold back. His photoset of the Burger… Read more

Ryanrules95 is pretty young to have this fascination with retail conversions, but once he caught the "disease," he caught it bad! He's just as hooked as the rest of us. And he is not afraid to simply ask the proprietor if he can take some pics, where the more timid would hold back. His photoset of the Burger King (about a 1982 model) converted to a mirror and glass shop, are legendary.

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July 31, 2009