Monday, September 28, 2009

Beautiful Decay

I'm glad South Pas hangs on to so much of its old stuff. Take this alleyway, for example. A fresh coat of paint and a new garage door would suffocate the soul of this old building. New isn't always better. In fact, new is a construct that can create insecurity, competition and greed. But entropy? It's comfy in its inevitability. Even the word sounds like poetry.

10 comments:

Judy Williams said...

What strikes me immediately is the bright red of gutter (?) in the background. I like that it makes my eye sweep the diagonal (yeah, you know me and that scenario) and we take in the entire shot. If it weren't for that, it would almost come across as a duotone of browns and blues. Isn't it interesting, the angles that shooting from the side creates?? The rectangles are almost distorted and stretched. I dig it.

I loved yesterday's shot. I was just too mush-brained to come up with a scenario. :~)

altadenahiker said...

Only you would have thought to describe entropy as "comfy." Beautiful blue.

Yakpate said...

LA– I, too, love the entropy of old buildings.

"There is a children's fable called "The Skin Horse" that describes the gradual deterioration of a child's brand-new toy... and how the child's love for the toy grows deeper as the toy is gradually worn away over time.

Art Forum or some such slick rag once featured the inside of a loft with decaying plaster walls. The artist in residence had painted the walls black, and then painted the clinging plaster blobs in primary colors. It was gorgeous!

Kate said...

Our garage doors look like that. Their inevitable entropy is comfy too - I love them. However they are not easy to close in a high wind as I discovered today!!!

Petrea said...

I like it. My neighbor painted her garage and I'm really disappointed.

Cafe Observer said...

Even in the alley it looks like it couldn't hide one thing: It Was a Beautiful Day.

Yakpate said...

It is now 7:30 pm and I am so tired that I MUST stop working on my project.

But I am NOT too tired to dive into this wall of heavenly blue one last time.

Night-night!

Laurie said...

Thanks, good people. Catch up with you tomorrow!

pasadenaadjacent said...

some of those bricks are glowing

Natalie DeJohn said...

Love this. I'm a sucker for brick buildings. Whenever I see one, I'm tempted to stop and have a photo shoot.