“Years of dreaming…will be climaxed Friday night with the staging of the first event in the city’s new, luxurious auditorium.”
March 25, 1956
“People of Lubbock voted by a narrow margin to ultimately have the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum demolished.”
May 6, 2018
And, like that, on a 526-vote margin, we voted to destroy two of our most recognizable buildings – buildings that held our collective memories of basketball games, rodeos, symphonies, circuses, monster truck pulls, pancake breakfasts, concerts, graduations, and so many other events, all of which helped define our community. And ourselves.
Not one thing in any of these photos exists any more. What will happen to our memories, now that these buildings are gone? Will they get stronger? Become larger than life? Become so faint we almost doubt the circus or the symphony ever even happened?
Where did our years of dreaming go?
This is what happens when my camera and I are left unattended at the garden center: I take lots of random pictures. I figured if any employee challenged me, I’d just say I was taking pictures to give to my landscape designer. That sounds kind of plausible, I think. No one bothered me, though; I think they were busy waiting on actual customers or something.
WARNING: COLOR IMAGE TO FOLLOW!
Sorry. I hope the warning worked and you weren’t too shocked.
Here’s the thing: I took my camera with me to the garden center because I haven’t been taking many photos lately and I sort of couldn’t come up with a better place to shoot. We were going there anyway, see, and it would give me something to do while the Patient Spouse got the [insert garden-y thing here] that he was looking for.
I think you see my point: this would have been pointless in black and white.
Thank you for your indulgence while I strayed away. I’ll be back tomorrow, all black and white, like usual.
Every few years I remember to drive out by my favorite sign of all time. One of these days I will have waited too long to get one more photo, though, and that will be a sad discovery.
Lubbock County, Texas
Fourteen months of shooting and 4000 images later – here we go: the first print for my solo show “Years of Dreaming.” The project documents the final year of the Lubbock Memorial Auditorium and Coliseum, which have been demolished to make way for…something.
The show will open August 2 at the 5 + J Gallery here in Lubbock.