Archive for the ‘industrial’ Category


June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve always been intrigued by crypto-forestry, the resurgence of nature in environments that had been shaped by humankind. A few short years ago there was a supermarket here. It was demolished and the land has been unoccupied ever since.

Nothing here was ‘planted’ by humans. Nature is reclaiming the property. The cement is cracking, plants are finding welcoming niches and taking root. There is no guiding hand of landscape design. And yet there is a strange sense of order as the plant life asserts itself around the framework left behind by people.

Categories: industrial, landscape, nature

modular world

May 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m torn between admiration for the clean, simple efficiency of modular buildings and horror at their utter lack of architectural soul. These buildings mean nothing as buildings; they exist only as a quick and inexpensive means to house stuff. They are the anti-Bauhaus.

From that perspective, modular buildings mean a lot. They speak a great deal about our culture. These structures aren’t built to last; they’re built to last long enough. No matter how long they remain standing, they’ll never end up on some registry of historical buildings.

But photographs of them will find their way into the historical record and museums and galleries. It’s odd to think images of these soul-free structures will, in the end, receive more attention than the structures themselves.

Categories: buildings, industrial, suburbs

off-balan ce

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I love the backs of buildings. All the attention is given to the front, of course. The public face. But in the back, where nobody is supposed to be, where nobody is supposed to look–that’s where you see the most honest and intriguing aspect of the building and the people who inhabit it.

I’ve walked by this door dozens of times and always found it oddly attractive. I’m drawn to its lack of symmetry. Everything is just a bit off-center, a bit out of true. For some reason, that makes it beautiful to me.

Categories: buildings, city, industrial


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

swine barn

December 17, 2009 1 comment

Buildings like this…large, utilitarian structures…make me wish I’d studied architecture. I’ve no real desire to build houses or offices or skyscrapers, but I love the rawness and complexity of these sorts of repetitive and conspicuous beams and struts.

two piles of rock

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

I was walking along minding my own business when I spotted these two piles of rock. For some reason, I found them completely compelling and so I did what I often do when I find something compelling–I took a photograph.

When I looked at the photo later I still found the two piles or rock intriguing. But they’re just two piles of rock, one dark, one light. Two piles of rock in front of a chain link fence topped with razor wire, behind which is some sort of concrete wall. Really, when you think about it, there’s nothing here that’s even remotely attractive. But I still love this photo.

I figure it’s best not to spend too much time thinking about why.


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