Most of you who know me know I love to walk downtown alleyways and the not so attractive areas of the city. There’s something about the b-side of a building or a street––a realness, an authenticity that the front doesn’t always show. Ever notice that?
You could call the windowed entry, the colorful door, the beautiful potted plants or the funky sign ‘a facade.’  Call it what you will, but most put their money and their attention towards the first thing people see––first impressions baby! It’s understandable, but sometimes not very telling of the character of the owners or the building. If you want to see some fun stuff, if you want the real story, you need to look around the corners, look on the ground or in the parking lots. The more you look, the more you’ll realize that what you might have thought as ugly, well, it actually has a certain beauty. And often there’s a story or two to be told.
Let me show you a few things I’ve found in my travels to other states,  in my own downtown and in my own neighborhood.  You can decide for yourself if its worth the time paying attention to the strange stuff lurking around the corner.

Not sure if the new owners are going to be covering up these awesome images as part of the renovation but I’m glad I captured it while I could.

I almost missed Pat but decided at the last minute to check out the side of the building.

I didn’t realize that this one looked like a cello until I got it on my computer.
Take a look around and look for the little surprises that are all around. This next month while you’re out and about, take a picture or two of the things you discover. I’d love to see what you come up with!  Share your adventures in the comments below.

  • I think this is my favorite post of yours to date!! I especially love Pat!! Well, no wait…the reflective puddle is amazing…wait…Ugghhh I love them all! 🙂 Officially retracting my ‘especially’ statement – They are all equally awesome!! Thank you, as always, for sharing your beautiful and not so beautiful perspectives on your side of the world. PS – Is it pitiful that I keep checking my grammar, as I’m well aware I’m writing a note to an awesome writer?? You must notice grammar even more now, no?? lol xoxo

    June 2, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  • Great captures, Carm! I always appreciate my friends who look at a problem or situation from the other side, an unpopular view, a fresh angle of consideration — and I love that you’ve done it quite literally here. I remember learning in college about a famous thinker (Walter Benjamin maybe?) who said that it is in the discarded things that we can learn the most about a society. I wonder if this kind of fits that line of thinking… the hidden messages and meanings that don’t get noticed when we’re looking at clean, shiny, on-purpose distractions,

    June 7, 2017 at 1:01 am

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