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

 

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 IMO 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! Additionally, I lost steam going into 2014, but got super revitalized in 2017 as I realized photographing businesses wasn't as taboo as it used to be now that everyone and their mama has a smartphone on them 24/7.

 

Needless to say, my photostream is probably one of the best sources on the web if you’re interested in the history of businesses on the Hampton Roads Peninsula, plus the RVA to a lesser extent (not that I'm the ONLY retail historian 'round these parts). 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 retake 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's before you now!

 

PLEASE NOTE: As I stated above, with some exceptions every photograph on this account was taken by me personally. I take these photos strictly as an amateur hobby and I don't profit off of them; it's just something I do for fun and enjoy. I'm also NOT employed at any of the businesses I showcase and I don't take photos for advertising purposes or, with some exceptions, to comment on how a business is run by its' employees. My account serves as an archive of sorts that documents primarily commercial structures as they appear at the time of my photo taking, because retail architecture can be an overlooked part of history and things always change. You never know when a building/business will be renovated, closed, or destroyed, and I like to be the one to showcase these places as is. I have NO ill intentions! Sure, I don't ask permission to do photo taking at the businesses I visit, but if told not to by an employee I will respectfully cease my activity. So yeah, I make no dough-rey-mi off this account and I'm simply a dude who's interested in commercial buildings and architectural elements, bottom line. Kapeesh?

 

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.

 

©RetailRyan ^_^

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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