Didn’t someone just post about beauty in decay?
I know photographers who go into abandoned buildings and take some striking images. Usually with a friend to spot.
Me? I took these from my car window.
Haunting views of Mayview Mental Hospital come to mind, a documentary video created by a wonderful teacher I had at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild– Jill Wiggins.
I returned to Larimer school where my friend Joan used to teach. You might remember the initial post.
Here is what I saw this time. Clearly there is something happening on site. Just now sure what.
Left the Rehearsal Dinner at Penn Brewery to go across the street to my car. This is what I saw.
The scene was elusive in camera, not wanting to focus, but a spectacular view. I really enjoy night photography and need to make a point to get out more at night.
and below a cropped view with more of the city proper
When you drive past and the scene sticks in your mind –
you make a turn at the light and swing into the gas station to drive back and photograph –
Here is the image I would choose to put on the cover of a book. Because it makes me wonder.
The title of the hypothetical book is
From the Passenger Window
Centre Avenue on the way home from school. The lush green growth of summer.
I turned around after I’d passed it by,
pulled over to the curb, waited until the rush hour cars zipped past.
The reflection on the windshield was so bright, the atmosphere muggy, a bit of haze.
When Flat Ruthie was traveling courtesy of friend Shuey, she learned the origin of Kudzu and how it can grow a foot in a day.
The first photo with the red parking sign seems better but why I shot it so close to the edge of the frame is beyond me and I did it just the once.
The school has been closed since 1980. Joan taught art there.
Built in 1896 and two additions- 1904 and 1931 for the auditorium.
My friend Joan drove me over to Larimer neighborhood to see it Sunday morning. Here she’s looking out the driver’s window at the property.
Joan emailed me an article about the future development of Larimer School.
Larimer School is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Although it seems next to impossible, it is slated to be developed into affordable housing.
We spoke with a neighbor who lives across the street from the property and her niece went to Kindergarten there.
Watching it be restored will please her greatly, as she is tired of looking at the heaps of trash and old tires that have accumulated.
Joan is an artist and is using her iPad to catch images – maybe she will paint from them later
Joan taught in the Art Room on the second floor. You could see an open window around the corner,
When Joan dropped me off at home, I was glad to see the Eastern Redbud tree in bloom in my backyard.
(Thanks Ginny for planting this beautiful tree in memory of my parents, Roy and Marian,)
I don’t like to take a ton of shots, hoping to get a find one of the action. I try to anticipate when the moment will be optimum to shoot.
Here is one of a skateboarder by the Game Pieces public art in Philadelphia.
The giant dominoes are part of Game Pieces-
and the cropped version
See 3000 dominoes and the domino effect on an old Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode.
Action photography post from four years ago with an airborne skateboarder at UCONN
Driving on the North Side to home, headed down Chestnut Street towards Phineas Street. Going to cross the Allegheny on the 16th Street Bridge but before I got to the intersection, a car stopped in front of me to chat or ask directions of the pedestrians.
I noticed the trolley tracks and the bricks. Caught a quick picture on the phone.
So when did the streetcars stop? here is the answer
“The trolley lines could have been extended, perhaps. But as Touring Pittsburgh author Harold Smith observes with a minimum of rancor (for a trolley fan), “PAT was bus-minded to a fault. Between 1964 and 1967, it ended trolley service on all North Side and East End lines. By the early 1970s, only the present South [Hills] and the 53-Carrick line remained.”
Click here to learn about the 30+ trolley car collection at the Trolley Museum south of Pittsburgh in Washington PA off I 79.