I think only churches can draw together being solemn, and imposing. Maybe it's all the perceived "shushhing". You want to be quiet because everything you do is so loud. Marble, on marble, on marble. Echoeing and loud, forcing everyone to be consentious of being like a church mouse.
Numbers in the alleys are not quite as showy as front addresses. What's up Summit Street, are we, the alley dwellers, not good enough for you? Fine, I won't move into your million dollar mansion street.
There is always an odd reverence for Madam's of the past. At Winter Park, they named a whole section of the mountain after one, Mary Jane, and here we see another. Right smack dab in the middle of the fanciest street in St. Paul is a carved wooden statue of a lady of the night hotelier. Carved from a tree that struck by lightning, roots still in the ground. I'm sure the neighbors just love it. The tour guide barely wanted to mention it, letting her disgust drip through when answering related questions. I think its hilarious.
Matt commissioned me to take his rap album cover. I think I did a good job. Yea, dj Dellingah y'all! Actually from the spring, I only spotted this picture because of Picasa's facial recognition software.
I, for one, would refuse to have such non-sense in my neighborhood. Italian Renaissance fountains? What is wrong with these people? You might as well just throw some junked out cars and a horse and buyy out there.
Man, our eyes truly love the green. It is just this innate fact of human nature to enjoy many shades of green. It makes me truly sad for those poor color blind people out there. Well, either sad or mocking. Ha, color blind people cannot see green. What kind of freaks are they?
This one is a little confusing. It is a a mural put up by the Milwaukee River Keeper organization as a note to support cleaner, enjoyable rivers. Coming out of this weird waste water spot. About a month or two after the mural, the River Keepers had a story on WUWM about water being dumped into the river long after it has rained being a red flag for untreated waste water. Which was interesting, because this particular spot dumps water at an entirely random interval from the rain. I don't know why the Schlitz Park would allow a mural to be painted pointing out there possibly dirty, untreated waste water on its campus. The motivation just doesn't seem to jive. Also, whomever painted the mural got the web address wrong, it is MKEriverkeeper.org, not MilwaukeeRiverKeeper.org. Just an all around weird thing.
Composition, tone, color, and other artistic choice from a photographer's perspective doesn't always trump the fact I'm taking a picture of someone else's work. And this would be one of those times. 'Cause this is pretty cool. I also think he looks like a bomberman character.
As a composition, slightly less straight forward, slightly less "steally". But, ultimately I'm sharing their work, not my own.
As pretty as the park is, I always have terrible trouble taking it all in through the camera. I would not say that landscape photography is my strongest skill. So, here's another close up. At least it is a really cool close up.
There are some great hidden, and not so hidden wildflower fields dotted across the city. Some are the abandoned lots of long ago demolished buildings. Some are the sign of pride and love for creating public space. One of these wildflower fields is just north of where I work. It is the same park which was infamously in the news on the 4th of July for roving packs of juveniles. But, when I go to the park all I see is the beauty and delicate flowers. Yeah city.