Archive for September, 2009

a man runs down the street

September 29, 2009 2 comments

I was in the skywalk and noticed this guy running down the middle of the street. He wasn’t chasing anybody, and there wasn’t anybody chasing him. There didn’t seem to be any reason at all for him to be running. After a block and a half, he just slowed down, sauntered over to his car, and got in. When he drove away, it was at a moderate pace. I’ve no idea at all what it was all about.

I like that.

a man runs down the street2

Categories: city, people, streets

racquetball – tangerine

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

I was squeezing a racquetball in my hand. I wanted a tangerine. When I saw them both together…well, what else could I do?

racquetball tangerine2

Categories: still life

parking lot

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve a thing for empty parking lots. The concept of a parking lot…a space set aside for temporarily abandoned vehicles…is weird enough. An empty lot is space with an unfulfilled purpose, which makes it seem doubly strange. Combine that empty space with a peculiar building lacking windows, and I’m a happy boy.

parking lot

Categories: city, industrial, streets

yellow building by the tracks

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m always curious about the sorts of buildings you find along railroad tracks. Some of them are clearly there because of the tracks–like the grain elevators or scrap metal yards. Others seem entirely unrelated to the railroad in their present incarnation. The yellow building is some sort of consignment shop.

But what was it when it was first built? What was its original purpose? Why was it built beside the tracks?

yellow building by the tracks2

Categories: industrial, landscape


September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the best things about the changing of seasons is fog – when the temperature difference between the air and the dew point gets all sideways and essentially creates a cloud on the ground.

It makes even the suburbs look mysterious.

foggy suburban yard

Categories: landscape, suburbs, weather

hey buddy, got a smoke?

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

I watched this guy for about ten minutes. He was standing on the street trying to cadge cigarettes from passers-by. Not quietly…you could hear him across the street. Maybe a dozen people stopped and gave him a cigarette. I never saw him actually smoke any of them.

After a few minutes, when it became clear he was going to haunt that part of the sidewalk for a while, I dragged out my camera and took a couple of shots. He was still at it when I left.

hey buddy, gotta smoke

Categories: city, people, streets

means of escape

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I love old metal fire escapes. So often they’re hidden away in alleys, but sometimes new construction will inadvertently let one show. And the contrast in architectural styles can create some strange harmonies.

means of escape

Categories: city