Along the Way


Central City breakdown.

Broken down. Abandoned. Tagged. Left to rot.

I have a way of finding these places. Repeatedly. Usually on the way to someplace else. This place happens to be on a corner that I know well. Once I realized where I was, I decided to have a look to see if anything has changed.

Nothing has changed.

Ever since the doors have been boarded up with four ply sheets of wood, I doubt anybody has been in or out of it. Before that, everybody — even me — went inside to check it out. But that was back in 2011. Or, 2012.

Now?

Not so much. Although I think some of street types probably could find a way into the rat infested building. The building with stale air. Into the interior where almost anything of any kind of value has been removed. And, sold to the local junk dealers.

I didn’t even bother to try to go inside. What would be the point? I just photographed the most graphic side of it. I like the Super Fresh Meat Market sign. And, the rusted ladder. Or, fire escape.  Whichever.

I knew, when I made the picture, that I was going to work on it heavily in post to bring out its most forlorn features. I knew, too, that I was going to try to make it look like a charcoal drawing.

That’s it. It’s the internet-themed “Throwback Thursday.” So, I’ve thrown this one back. Into the street where it belongs.

There’s a lot of ways to throw something back.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

8 thoughts on “Along the Way

  1. This photo reminds me of how my country’s government continues to neglect the survivors of the 3/11 earthquake from 2011… There are still towns abandoned/rotting and folks forced to brave the extreme weather in temporary shelters…

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    1. It’s been 13 years for us. Some of NOLA has come back. Some hasn’t. The parts that haven’t be restored likely never will. The Lower 9th Ward, for instance. There are a few houses here and there and ator Brad Pitt’s Make It Right houses, but the rest is returning to nature. On any day you can see wild boars, feral cats and dogs and even the odd alligator. Just as well, that part of NOLA is so far below sea level that the streets leak. Nobody should live out there.

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