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This old house…

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This old house is probably a Starbucks or a Walgreens or something by now. This picture was taken in 2008, on what was then the northern fringes of expansion of the Dallas metro area.

somewhere north of Dallas
photographed 3.15.2008

One detail spoiled everything

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You knew this: that I almost never take photos of new buildings. I like old ones better.

But, when you are walking around downtown Dallas with your friend (we’ll call him “Carlos” but only because that’s his name), there’s a lot more new stuff to look at than anything else.

This place, then. I am very fond of the glass blocks, lined up like huge ice cubes.  I like the way the light reflects off the column on the right into the window, making a lighter rectangle on top of everything.  I like the long shadow, the way it angles down, goes straight across the wall, and then angles down again; that’s a very nice shadow line.

But what I saw when I took the picture and can’t bring myself to un-see is that duplex outlet, right there in plain sight.  Why, architect of this building, did you let that happen?  I want to believe that you knew how that reflected light would work, how the shadow’s angles would be so appealing, that you’d thought about all of it and made very sound design decisions.  But a wall outlet?  That was the very best place to put an outlet? You’re sure, architect of this building?

Dallas, Texas
photographed 3.19.2011

Sometimes I go to the city

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I can understand why anyone who stops by here on a regular basis might think the largest town I’ve ever been to is Muleshoe, Texas (population 5,217), but I have actually gone to some larger towns. Like Brownfield – population 9,675. Or Levelland – population 13,517. Or Sweetwater – population 10,447.

And this one time? I went to Dallas.

downtown Dallas
photographed 3.19.2011

Full disclosure #1: If you think I chose the town examples because their names are funny and/or descriptive, you are correct.
Full disclosure #2: I’ve actually been to Dallas more than just the one time.

November 13

So, this happened: the hard drive on my laptop crashed.

But before that, this happened: my Time Capsule had also crashed and because I am just the tiniest bit paranoid, I replaced it right away.

But before THAT, this happened: I purchased Apple Care for my laptop.

So nothing was lost and the new hard drive was replaced free.

But: the laptop is still working on restoring itself and I want to get this blog posted and get on with things.

So, here’s something different from my usual posts. This was shot with my iPhone, and edited with a couple of apps – Dramatic B&W and PicFX.

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Browning Rescue Mission
Dallas, Texas

PS: Backed up your computer lately?

July 8

Downtown juxtaposition.

Dallas, Texas

photographed 3.19.2011

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