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Could be looking right past

The way this place is being demolished (or, maybe, renovated), it’s possible to see all the way through a room, two bathrooms, another room all the way to the other side of the building.

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you may know that my brain sometimes makes strange connections between a scene I’m shooting and a song. And usually, only my brain gets the reasons for the connections. (And, yes, it would be nice for the brain to share with the rest of us, but that seems unlikely, so here we are.) And I bet you just can’t wait to see what sort of odd connection this thing conjured up.)

It was a few lines from “Bone in My Ear,” by Bruce Cockburn:

In my heart there’s a an image
Like looking through glass
Could be looking at me
Could be looking right past

(You can see/hear the song here. Also, I was at that very concert. In case you were wondering what I was up to last April.)

what’s left of the Days Inn
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 2.22.2019

“These shoes have walked some strange streets.”

So, these shoes. These giant shoes that I found hanging on a stop sign on Fabrication Avenue in Dallas. Goodness.

You may recall how I sometimes link photos with seemingly-random lyrics (usually from Bruce Cockburn). The only surprise here is that the Cockburn lyrics that came to mind here could actually apply to these shoes: These shoes have walked some strange streets. (from “The Gift.”)

Also, later that very same day, guess who I saw in concert? Bruce Cockburn. Did he play “The Gift” that night? Yes, he did. I love it when stuff like this happens.

along Fabrication Avenue
Dallas, Texas
photographed 4.14.2018

PS: If you want to see these shoes in color, head over to my Instagram (I’m melgal) and scroll down a ways. You’ll probably easily spot the image…

Infinity always gives me vertigo

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Infinity always gives me vertigo
And fills me up with grace

“Mystery”
Bruce Cockburn

Spur, Texas
photographed 3.14.2015

I’ve lived as a stranger in my own house, too

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Abandoned houses reminded me of the Bruce Cockburn lyric* “I’ve lived as a stranger in my own house, too.” from his song “Use Me While You Can.”

Ludlow, Colorado
photographed 9.4.2016

*Not a surprising turn of events, is it?

all these years of thinking ended up like this

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My pre-dawn walk in Alpine the other morning gave me some nice things to photograph (like the laundromat and the marquee). The abandoned water bottle…this became all about the water bottle.

It’s been a while since I’ve linked random song lyrics to my images, but this one made me think of Bruce Cockburn’s song “Understanding Nothing.”

Alpine, Texas
photographed 7.25.2016

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