I am sure that by now you know how much I like making photos inside parking garages. Here’s one made from a parking garage, just for a little change of pace. And also because I like how the circles in the screen make the Walgreen’s letters seem to bounce up and down.
San Antonio, Texas
One of my work friends, who often serves as a location scout for me, told me about this town. It’s nearly on the Interstate – close enough to have its own exit but far enough way that drivers don’t have any real reason to take it.
Unless I’m the driver. Then I’m pretty happy to be able to get off the highway and go for a bit of a wander in a town whose better days are long in the past.
A behind-the-scenes look at K:McCartney Studio; Kendra is one of the artists in residence at the Charles Adams Studio Project. The next time you’re in town, you should stop in.
(Her work’s for sale, too. If you get my drift.)
Big chunks of downtown Lubbock don’t have anything going on, but the north end is turning into a interesting arts center. It’s anchored by the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and the Charles Adams Studio Project, and there is nearly always something interesting going on. Last winter I took letterpress classes down here, and the other night – when I made this image – I was taking part in a drink-and-draw event hosted by one of the CASP artists in residence.
I like to think about the “traditional” efforts at downtown revitalization in Lubbock, that haven’t always been successful, and compare them with how much the arts have transformed this area. Maybe there’s a lesson here?
First of all, this was taken on Main Street. MAIN STREET. Downtown. You know, like the heart of the city. It was taken on a Sunday afternoon, but still – it doesn’t look particularly vibrant or anything, does it?
Next, if you don’t mind, spend just a little bit of time looking at the way the afternoon sun reflected off one building and put those bright leopardy spots on the other one. That’s pretty cool.
But now: those two traffic cones, blocking off two not-in-high-demand parking spaces. Kudos to them for sticking with their job. No matter how silly it seems. Way to go, cones!