briefessayswithpictures:

While out running yesterday on a beautifully bright day, I came upon a warehouse I’ve passed a hundred times before, but by virtue perhaps of the light at the time and another winter’s worth of rusting, I found myself noting its location and planning to return. Which I did, later, with my family, who rolled their eyes at me for dragging them into the one of the neighborhoods that houses remains of my hometown’s industrial history. I hustled out of the car and into the weeds and I came away with a collection of very geometric photographs that also contain precisely the sort of degradation that I can then emphasize with filtering software.
Sorry, that took a long time to write. What I meant was: I’m a nerd. 

Here is a building that you’ll find along the Rail Trail near the power plant on Beechurst. (I have stolen this image from myself. I am shameless in that regard.)

briefessayswithpictures:

While out running yesterday on a beautifully bright day, I came upon a warehouse I’ve passed a hundred times before, but by virtue perhaps of the light at the time and another winter’s worth of rusting, I found myself noting its location and planning to return. Which I did, later, with my family, who rolled their eyes at me for dragging them into the one of the neighborhoods that houses remains of my hometown’s industrial history. I hustled out of the car and into the weeds and I came away with a collection of very geometric photographs that also contain precisely the sort of degradation that I can then emphasize with filtering software.

Sorry, that took a long time to write. What I meant was: I’m a nerd. 

Here is a building that you’ll find along the Rail Trail near the power plant on Beechurst. (I have stolen this image from myself. I am shameless in that regard.)

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So thank you.

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Beechurst just ain’t what it used to be. Like, literally, any of it. It’s almost impossible to find overlapping buildings in these two images. What buildings that do overlap - like Stewart Hall - are now obscured by the signage. But, since roughly the same view was such a hit earlier this week, I thought I’d try again, once with the goal of showing just how much has changed. 

Thanks go, as always, to West Virginia History On View

Free front yard zombie for anybody interested. S/he is in South Park on Sherman, just hanging out and enjoying the weather.

Free front yard zombie for anybody interested. S/he is in South Park on Sherman, just hanging out and enjoying the weather.

We just received this photo from a WVU student named Jonathan Cook. It’s a great looking shot of Walnut and High from a warm December night. Thanks for sending it in!

We just received this photo from a WVU student named Jonathan Cook. It’s a great looking shot of Walnut and High from a warm December night. Thanks for sending it in!

The intersection of University and Beechurst has changed slightly in the 100(ish) years since these two photographs were taken, but the traffic is largely the same. 

Thanks, as always, to West Virginia History On View

The graffiti and the stickers make these meters all the more appealing. Well done small town urban artists. Seriously. I really like what you guys are doing.

The graffiti and the stickers make these meters all the more appealing. Well done small town urban artists. Seriously. I really like what you guys are doing.

Evansdale.

Evansdale.

I don’t even know what this means it’s so offensive. So, good job I guess? You’ve literally told the whole story with your homemade car graffiti.

I don’t even know what this means it’s so offensive. So, good job I guess? You’ve literally told the whole story with your homemade car graffiti.

deerjerk:

Death Palm. 2014

Tomorrow night at Atomic Grille, Bryn Perrott is having an art show. She’s a phenomenal local talent whose work you should go see. There’s more information available here.

deerjerk:

Death Palm. 2014

Tomorrow night at Atomic Grille, Bryn Perrott is having an art show. She’s a phenomenal local talent whose work you should go see. There’s more information available here.