The Barrier

The Barrier

“I’m woven in a fantasy,
I can’t believe the things I see
The path that I have chosen now has led me to a wall…
…It rises now before me,
A dark and silent barrier between,
All I am, and all that I would ever want to be”
–from “The Wall” by Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh

Architectural DNA

Architectural DNA

While walking to the store today, I stopped to get a shot of the side of this building.  I’m not sure if you can see it, but it looked like a giant DNA test result

Alley Gas Pump

Alley Gas Pump

It’s a bit strange to find a diesel gas pump sitting in an alley in a residential city neighborhood.  It’s not something you see everyday for sure.

No More Spark

No More Spark

This old Champion sticker rests in a window at Joe’s Super Service,  an abandoned service station along state highway 60 in Rubicon, Wisconsin.

Twelve Squares

Twelve Squares

Twelve squares in three rows of four across – close up detail of a worn and rusty metal drain cover in Riverside Park, on the East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I was out playing with my son in the park when I spotted these cool geometric shapes on this steel sewer grate.

Crumbling Concrete Stairs

The Crumbling Concrete Stairs

“Crumbling between the fingers, under the feet, / Crumbling behind the eyes, / Their world gives way and dies / And something twangs and breaks at the end of the street.”
–Louis MacNeice

The concrete stairs, leaning and decaying, lead up to a locked second floor wooden door.  When dark, the single light above barely casts enough light to see to the end of the buckled landing.

East Side Call Box IV

East Side Police Call Boxes

Hearkening back to the turn of the 20th century, these vintage police and fire emergency call boxes still stand all over the East Side neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Once a vital communication link between the policemen on the street and dispatchers, they are now used mostly as junction boxes for streetlights and such.  And they are slowly disappearing.  Rust, car accidents, vandalism are taking a toll on these old boxes.