Archive for March, 2010

hint of things to come

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

There are so many things to like about vines growing on the sides of buildings. They form a habitat–almost an ecosystem–inhabited by small animals and insects. They bring the natural world closer to the people who live or work in the buildings. And hey, they’re pretty.

But there’s also the fact that growing vines are a reminder that the natural world is always trying to reclaim its territory. Given time and opportunity, these vines will pull these bricks down and reduce this lovely window to lovely rubble.

Categories: buildings, nature


March 12, 2010 Leave a comment

I have a perverse passion for asphalt. Ecologically, it has to be a complete fucking nightmare. Its primary component is crude petroleum, after all. Chemists can’t even accurately determine the molecular structure of asphalt because of the number of complex chemicals involved.

But it photographs so well.

Categories: city, industrial, streets, water

power lines

March 5, 2010 Leave a comment

About a month ago my perception of power lines started to shift. Like more folks, I’ve spent time trying to find ways to keep them out of the frame. But lately I find myself shooting photos that deliberately include them. There is an odd sort of grace to them, I think.

Most cities and towns either have moved their power grid underground or plan to do it at some point in the future. All those power lines will eventually disappear. That’s a good thing, of course.

But I believe I may start a personal series of photos that are primarily about power lines. I’m not sure I’ll follow through, but I think the idea has merit.

Categories: city