Just look! #3 – “Across the river”

I’m low on stories I can share with you at present (which is not to say that life is dull), so here’s the third installment of just something I saw on my wanderings today and thought you might enjoy. Because I know certain of you will not let me get away with simply flinging this up here without comment or justification, I’ll just say that whenever possible I try to frame the urban architecture in such a way that it appears to be other than what it is, which is a bunch of big boxes full of stressed-out people most of whom wish they were elsewhere. Today, as often, I saw the hardscape flattening out and becoming panels of texture, so that only the greenery anchors the scene in space. Seen this way, the buildings almost behave like tapestries hanging just behind the trees. In truth, the foliage and the blueing towers lie on opposite banks of the great river of Interstate 5.

Edges merge and space compresses, if you squint a little.

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8 Responses to “Just look! #3 – “Across the river””


  1. 1 kiwidutch May 19, 2011 at 22:32

    That is one COOL photograph!

    You know I love local landscapes, urban or otherwise, this is seriously cool, I SEE the tapestry effect too!

    One note: you have kids, it goes without saying the Life is never dull 🙂

  2. 3 Janet May 20, 2011 at 06:50

    My immediate response to this photo is to remember the day Ian and I walked from the Elephant & Castle up to St. James Cathedral last March. We wandered up Pike, or was it Pine, and then turned right. As pedestrians it was a challenge to negotiate the big highway area. It would have been a better idea to have taken a taxi but I like a challenge and have “a thing” about taxis when my own two feet are a possibility.

    • 4 Matt May 20, 2011 at 08:05

      Janet,
      Funny you should mention St. James, because when I was looking at this shot yesterday I got to wondering if that was the cathedral reflected in the bright blue bands of Two Union Square. But it’s not. St. James is several blocks south. Good for you for hoofing it. I got weary of being underground this winter and so I’ve been catching my bus in the open-air Convention Place station at the tunnel’s northeast end, which means a long walk outside (happy for me) and a shorter bus-ride home (happy for me +2). I’ve been exploring different routes to the bus stop lately, and one of those routes goes through Freeway Park. I haven’t spent a lot of time around that part of town but I’m broadening my domain, may file some reports on these regions later on.

    • 5 Rachael May 22, 2011 at 10:25

      Reminds me of an old Almost Live sketch: Pike or Pine? Why do those two streets, more than any other two in town, meld together into indistinctness??

      • 6 Matt May 23, 2011 at 11:05

        Don’t know that sketch but I can see how it would be germane (maybe even funny). I often have to pause and think hard about which of them something is on, especially around 5th and 6th. I now think of it as Pike is the Market’s main entrance and it also has a hood over it up around 7th, while Pine is the Westlake Center street. Nothing new in any of that, but it helps me orient myself quickly.

  3. 7 Rachael May 22, 2011 at 10:26

    Another great “Look!” Your blog is always a trip to serenity, no matter how ridiculous the pace of my life! Thank you.


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