Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Scraped development, Charlotte, NC

Another of my secret favorite sorts of images to find: the bones of a development traced out in its early stages of development. I mourn the loss of woods and open space while at the same time the SimCity / Civilization player in me looks on with interest at the sketches of structure emerging from another designer's mind.

Housing Development, Charlotte, NC


I have been working on a collection of images that I call "Sigils of Suburbia." When I look down on many of the more modern housing developments, I am struck by the carefully asymmetrical curves of their roads and cul-de-sacs. Envisioning them without their houses, reduced to only their fundamental tarmac brushstrokes, I see calligraphy, pictograms, runes. To me, this one speaks of organic growth: a complex flower bud with tendrils uncurling above and leaves extending of its stem below.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hanging plane, Charlotte Airport


North Carolina is really proud of the Wright Brothers and the state's place in the history of aviation. Accordingly, the Charlotte airport is rife with aviation exhibits hanging from ceilings all about.

Charlotte Airport


Once US Airways had become sufficiently digested by American Airlines, we got a third connection out of Iowa City and I have started to have flights routed through the Charlotte, North Carolina airport. It's not really as small as this shot makes it look: this is just their spidery small-planes terminal, where flights to places like Iowa park.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mississippi Sunset


Sunset gleaming off the Mississippi river, crossing back into Iowa one evening. The city in the upper right is Muscatine, Iowa.

Fresh Pond at dawn, Cambridge, MA


Dawn, walking around the Fresh Pond trail in Cambridge, one early morning last April.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Life Soda Wall, Cedar Rapids, IA


At a restaurant in Cedar Rapids, there is a wall tucked in the back that acts as sort of a shrine to the Life Beverage Company, a long-extinct local soda brand.