Mural Grown Old
Murals on the walls of Corporate Headquarters and the walls of Subway Stations maintain their brilliant colors and their vibrancy. Murals painted on outside walls in Chicago - in combat with Chicago's weather for season after season - for year after year - eventually lose the battle of colorfulness & vibrancy.
This Mural runs for an entire block on the concrete walls of elevated train tracks and it has faded mightily from its glory days. Now it is lined with wildflowers, as other places for the dead, are draped with flowers.
Yet & Still - although faded - it has enough beauty left for me to walk across a short field and release the shutter. (Click)
A picture is worth a thousand words? There is something more than just what we see that lead us to release the shutter. In less than 1000 words this is what I see and more so visualize : two rows of something - trucks & houses - the road & a street - the old & the new - the living & out of service - silence & conversations - jobs & workers - workers & equipment - the past & the future - old styles & new styles and things that have - and things that are making this Country great.
Shot on South Chicago Ave - a block pass the intersection of 75th Street. South Chicago Ave is a slanted Street running from 63rd and King Drive to 95th Street. It has a few private residences on it, but it's mostly a Commercial Street that used to have active Factories in its heyday. There are also junkyards, used-car dealers, car washers, a Post Office, Bowen High School grounds, Churches, Taco Bell, White Castle and it cuts across one of the most dangerous, always crowded, intersections in Chicago - where Stony Island, 79th Street and South Chicago meet.
Green Lamp & Wood
Black Lamps & Bricks
Walking the Dog
Walking his dog even when he can't walk himself - but they're friends, company and friends go the extra mile for each other. I was interested to see how far they were going, so I circled for 4 blocks and they were still going. South Wabash
One Shift is Over
At the Ford Assembly Plant on 126th South Torrence workers from their shift walk across the foot bridge to one of the several parking lots. Shot through my window while at the front of the stop-light.
Guarding the house too.
Real Dining Out
Take that Magnificent Mile and State Street, that Great Street. Outside of Calumet Fisheries - 3259 E. 95th Street. You might see the bridge rise and a beautiful large Ship slowly make it's way through and you can take some nice shots.
It's good enough for these guys - it was good enough for Anthony Bourdain, whose picture is on the wall - and it's good enough for me too.
Old time gas station still hanging on. No name gas - no walk in - lotto - hot foods - gas additives - types of oils cans - caps & gloves and inside rest rooms. Maybe rest rooms on the side, or back - that you're have to be more than desperate to use. Your best bet is to hide and go Oh natural.
But they sale all types of snacks, tobacco and pops - mostly to walk-ups. You get anything you buy through thick, bullet-proof-glass. but they're still hanging in there.
Flowers for a Harbor
On the grounds of the 57th Street Harbor.