Archive for October, 2009

fire proof

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

This is the rear entrance of what used to be the Northwestern Hotel. What it was northwest of is a bit of a mystery to me. I suppose it’s northwest of a whole lot of stuff. Like, say, West Virginia. But I’m guessing they had something more specific in mind.

Regardless of where it’s located in terms of the compass, the original owners were clearly delighted that the building was fireproof. I can see where that would give the Northwestern a sizable marketing edge over all those hotels that were more likely to burst into flame.

Now it’s just offices. But still, apparently, fireproof.

fire proof2

Categories: city, streets

the brother, walking

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

My brother likes to walk, and he doesn’t like to walk. He’ll look for ways to avoid going out to walk, but once he’s out there he enjoys it. And he carries on a running commentary of everything he sees and thinks as he walks.

He’s an odd man, the brother.

the brother walks

Categories: autumn, landscape, people


October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I was at the State fairgrounds for a Planned Parenthood book sale and there was also some sort of horse and/or cattle show going on in one of the barn buildings. It could have been a horse show, since there were horses. It could have been a cattle show, since there were cows. It seems unlikely it was a combined horse and cattle show, but what do I know from agricultural culture?

What I do know is there were a lot of corn-fed men with big bellies standing around, leaning on fences. They all seemed pleasantly bored, but none of them really encouraged conversation.


Categories: people


October 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I’d climbed to the top of a parking garage to see if there was anything worth seeing. There wasn’t. At least nothing I expected to see. But as I was looking around, I saw a cloud of dust rise from a construction site…and a moment later there was an audible whump that carried even up to the top of the parking garage.

Whatever it was, it was apparently planned. Nobody seemed distressed by it. The dust cloud added a nice touch to the scene.

I wonder if I could get them to do it again.


Categories: city, industrial, landscape, streets

now is the autumn of our discontent

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m telling you, Richard the Third had it all wrong. Forget the winter of our discontent. Our discontent came early this year.

Normally I love Autumn. But surely, everybody must feel that way. The leaves change colors, the weather turns cool, there’s something pleasant about bundling up in light sweaters and jackets, you begin to bake bread and make stews and soups.

But except for a few exceptions, this has been a perfectly miserable Autumn. Nothing but rain and drab, cloudy days. The trees, for the most part, have gone from green to brown (or leafless) with almost no transition. It’s as if Autumn tried…but not very hard. Then it just gave up and decided to go inside and watch television.

Of course, the few good days were pretty damned good.


Categories: landscape, weather


October 13, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m getting old and cautious.

Years ago it wouldn’t bother me to go into an alley and climb up some stairs just to shoot a photograph. Now I’m concerned somebody will think I’m a burglar or a pervert and call the police. Or shoot me.

Part of it, of course, has to do with the time we’re living in, when so many people are unreasonably angry and irrationally afraid. But part of it is also that I no longer think a photo is worth the fuss and bother that shooting it might get me into.



Categories: city, people, streets

another day with the chair

October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

I have a tendency to get attached to certain props and find myself using them repeatedly in unrelated photographs. For example, at different times I have been smitten with a bright red snow disk and a pair of arson boots.

There’s a good chance I’ll do the same thing with this weird and wonderful electric blue chair.

another day in the chair

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