Gasp, it’s the earliest post yet! This morning, I set out on a photo excursion. On my commute, I’d always go past Old Sacramento. Though I could see the Victorian scrollwork and old brick buildings from the freeway, I wasn’t sure how to get there, so I took the Prius, knowing its GPS would help me get home. After trying a couple freeway exits that looked like they should take me directly there, but which looped around in all manner of bizarre construction, I surmised that the architect who plotted these streets had modeled them after an arteriovenous malformation*. It started to feel very much like my text-based roleplaying game days of old..“Sorry, you need 200 more XP to unlock Old Sacramento!”**
Sitting at a stoplight, I noticed the car in front of me turn awkwardly into what was, for all intents and purposes, an invisible road. I would never have seen it if I hadn’t noticed that car slipping through the fabric of spacetime into this hidden left turn. Happily, I followed and discovered I’d ended up on the streets I was looking for! I even found parking. As I fished around for quarters, I saw endless ant-trails of schoolchildren walking past the vendors who’d just opened up. The shopkeeps looked at the kids as they trod past as if they could see little dollar-signs floating above their heads. I could almost hear them think, “Ah, that pudgy one’s definitely good for a funnel cake on the way back.”
The street was pretty quiet, considering it’s a weekday, and I felt like an explorer. I didn’t feel weird with my camera, like I sometimes do. Long shadows stretched across the plankboards of the raised wooden sidewalks and into the dribble of cobblestone they’d decided not to pave over for sentiment’s sake. I took quite a few photos and had them printed out at a Kodak kiosk for painting references, but some of them were just lovely on their own. Today’s piece is a photo that captures textures and modern ruins in a way that enraptures me (with some boosted contrast and red tint), and I hope you like it too.
*That one’s for you, mom! Nothing like having an Angio Tech as a mother. 🙂
**And that one’s for my nerd brethren. Enjoy.