Friday, January 2, 2009

Beginning Again


I was able to grab a fair number of images from an abandoned auto service center building complex in 2008, and a few weeks ago added the image above to the list. A new owner for the property has apparently been found, so the old buildings have been disappearing a little at a time. This laborer is in a trench up to his knees, but I'm not sure what he is doing. The back wall of the post office is behind him, and the floor of a now vanished retail showroom spreads before him, shortly to be jack-hammered away.

On sunny Tuesday, I found further progress on the site. New concrete has been poured into the same building footprint as the previous structure, and this strange rotating machine was polishing? texturizing? the fairly fresh surface.


It's good to see some investment still going on, even in these hard economic times. But I miss the glass brick entrance of the former building. All the boxwood and datura is gone as well.

9 comments:

Virginia said...

Oh this wheelbarrow shot is so nicely composed and I love the soft colors. Well you've started the year off with a bang missy!

Wayne said...

I like the wheel barrow too, you got it at the right time of day.

As I always say 'you can't have too many shots of tools and equipment'.

That strange rotating thing is a power trowel Elaine.

Chuck Pefley said...

New beginnings and a new start in a new year. So much symmetry. The only constant in this world is change.

I like the wheelbarrow :)

Clueless in boston said...

I like the stark simplicity of the first shot.

USelaine said...

V - Well, you are always such a kind lady - thank you. Let's see how much momentum that jackhammer gives me.

Wayne - Thanks for the info on the power trowel! I never would have guessed, even though I feel I've seen my fair share of poured concrete. Live and learn.

Chuck - Thanks, I drove by once, but had to go back for the color combo.

Clueless - I can't resist a flat wall type of composition. Thank you.

Thank you all for coming around today. Don't miss the new theme day ballot at the portal!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

We need the Datura to help us get over the loss of the glass brick storefront (which would have made a terrific studio)

USelaine said...

PA - If I had known what was up, I might have collected some seed pods...

babooshka said...

The wheelbarrow image is just like a Hopper painting. Really striking image.

Jilly said...

Love the wheelbarrow photograph.