this is the first of three shots of one building facing the side of the federal building in Portland. ironic, or whatever, that stability is contrasted so powerfully with this brick and broken glass. all three shots come from this one side of the building. someone once called it working a shot … different angles, perspectives, etc. i’ve found that for me, working a shot accomplishes a lot more than trying to get a lot of different ones.
a building must suffer as it degrades. a spirit of some kind has to develop and suffuse throughout everything as it provides shelter for people, ideas, commerce. and on its decline, it must endure becoming a waste dump. i believe i prefer going out as a human, though it sounds less romantic.
the building is visibly broken. the spine, or some other critical aspect just cracked away. it is so powerful to witness this slow-motion burn-out crash to the ground. i expect the politicians to declare it unsafe and mess with the natural order of things and impose a structured fade-away of deconstruction. “it’s better to burn out than to fade away,” neil young. Wiki the line. fascinating.