Archive for April, 2012

Portals

They are openings and closings in the literal and figurative sense, and they hold stories and and secrets of people and things passing through and beyond, touched by sun and storm, neglected and loved in their simple utility, taken for granted and expected to do what they do as guardians of threshholds and goods, resting places for weary souls, welcoming opportunities for what may come, and barricades against the boogey-man and those who would come and take.

Another collection of images inspired by Mike from Mike’s Look at Life.  He is the self-proclaimed and certified President of the Legion of Door Whores and my efforts here are a tribute to his fine work….  I found these doors on my lunch-time walks…all from within a couple miles of my downtown work location in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  Thank you, Mike.  🙂

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City Paint 1.2 – 5 Monkeys Bar Addendum

I took my daughter out for a Saturday morning drive-about, looking to see what we might see…and so that she might find something to use in her “Art Appreciation” course for school.  We went back to the site of City Paint 1 -5 Monkeys Bar in Murray, Utah, and found that they had added a new mural to their series…this one being their name-sake piece.  Again, it was too good to resist another photo-shoot.  On a side-note, this mural and the other 5 Monkey pieces were created by Kier, the same guy who did the huge mural that I featured in City Paint 3 – 2012…The End?


Work and Play


Triplets


Scale…or perspective….

It’s nice sometimes, and necessary at other times, to take a step back…or up, to get another view of the objects of our attention….  It’s amazing what we can see when we’re not so focused on the one single thing…but on the whole and big/huge picture….  I hope you’ll enjoy these photos of one of my favorite places here in the canyons and mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA….

This is what appears to be an old water-wheel house on the banks of the stream in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  If you were to peer inside the window, you could see the old spooned wheel that used to turn with the flow of water to generate electricity many years ago.

Here’s another view from a little farther away….  I’m actually standing in the middle of the stream-bed taking the picture.  The stream is empty right now, as the entirety of the water is being captured upstream and diverted into the water supply for the metropolitan Salt Lake City area.  It will be flowing bank to bank in a couple of months when the water from the snow-melt is running.

This shot is from the slope heading up the side of the mountain that is on the south side of the canyon…you can see the empty stream-bed.

And lastly, this one is from way up on the side of the mountain.  You can see the wheel-house on the stream bank near the lower right-hand corner of the photo….


Bells Canyon Solitude


Dandelion


City Paint 6.2 – Progress Report on “Becoming”

If you’ll scroll back to “City Paint 6.1 – Becoming,” you’ll see the first two weeks’ progress on this western-themed mural that happens to be on the wall that encloses a parking lot behind a gun store, of all things.  This is the third installment of the mural’s progress, the first two being covered in the earlier post.  By the amount of work that’s been done since the last set of shots, it looks like it might be completed during this next week.

The first three shots are the three panels of the mural that are similar to the photos from the earlier post, presented in order from left to right.

And the final four photos are close-ups of the significant pieces of the mural, offered to show greater detail of the work….


In the Evening

I was down the front steps and close to the curb and decided that I would go back into the house and get the camera for my evening walk…something that I don’t usually do, because it’s been mostly dark…and stopping to take photos all the time sort of impedes the briskness and exercise quality of the walk.  It was a rewarding walk…and it got brisk on the way home after the sun was down and no longer providing a tempting light for whatever might have caught my eye….


City Paint 7 – Salt Lake Running Company

I pass this business every afternoon on my way home from work.  It was one of the inspiring murals that prompted me to start this City Paint series…a local business that used street-art type advertising on the side of their building.  You can check-out the Salt Lake Running Company’s website by clicking on their name, if you’re interested…otherwise, I hope you enjoy their building art.