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other side, in advance

The pyramid dominates the Memphis skyline, if you’re in the right part of town to see it. It’s a Very Big Deal to visit the thing, which houses a Bass Pro Shop and a hotel as well as a restaurant and viewing platforms up at the top. The mashup of an over-the-top outdoor store and the Big Cyprus Lodge INSIDE A DAMN PYRAMID made me a little dizzy. So I just photographed an empty parking lot on a side street and called it good.

Memphis, Tennessee
photographed 12.28.2021

Is faded glory still glory?

Here’s another image from my spur-of-the-moment project to document the seedier side of the Graceland neighborhood. This empty shopping center is directly across the street from the mansion.

Memphis, Tennessee
photographed 12.28.2021

Ten minutes away

A pizza joint, two billboards, a threatening sky, and approaching darkness seem to be an apt metaphor for what happens to most people who come here seeking fame. Not to be too heavy-handed about it or anything…

Memphis, Tennessee
photographed 12.27.2021

the opposite of the expected

Memphis. I went to Memphis. I didn’t have an intention of going to see Graceland, because I don’t care.

But the last day there, I thought that perhaps a drive past Graceland might yield something that wasn’t Elvis-driven fanciness. And I was richly rewarded by this flea market.

And, also, I had this John Hiatt song in my head all day. Because that’s the way my head functions.

Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, Tennessee
photographed 12.28.2021

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