Archive for the ‘suburbs’ Category


June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s a bike trail I frequent that runs alongside a creek. A couple of months ago the creek flooded. Seriously flooded. There is still detritus jammed in the fence that tops the flood wall.

For some reason, that makes me happy. It’s not that I’m in favor of flooding, it’s just that I appreciate the reality that nature is unruly.

Categories: nature, suburbs

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


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

tow truck

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment

I found myself at dusk in the parking lot of one of those horrible-wonderful big box stores on the outskirts of town. As I was getting ready to leave, I noticed a tow truck slowing tooling down the road with some unfortunate vehicle tagging behind.

I love and hate those moments when you only get one chance to get the photo.

tow truck

Categories: landscape, suburbs

garage sale at wildflower court

September 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Summer in the Midwest is the Season of the Garage Sale. Every weekend for three or four months there are hundreds of them. People drive around stopping at the homes of strangers, buying stuff those families want to be rid of. It’s the intersection of capitalism and recycling.

garage sale at wildflower court

Categories: suburbs

time out

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been watching this small bench for much of the summer, seeing it gradually become overgrown, hoping the owner wouldn’t cut all the growth back before I got the photograph I wanted.

This week I decided not to wait any longer.

time out

Categories: suburbs