“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
I’ve always been fascinated with cities. My first website, www.downtownmotown.8k.com, had launched sometime around my 19th birthday – right around the time I got my first digital camera. As my travels grew so did my desire to display some of the images I’ve captured and present some of the thoughts I’ve had while exploring cities.
So, the brainchild for this site began many years ago, but the actual drive to get something launched sprung from an event that happened a few months ago. In November, 2015 my car was broken into while visiting friends in North Carolina. Inside the car – stupidly on my part, I might add – were external hard drives containing years of photos. In just seconds, thousands of memories had been taken away. There isn’t quite a feeling like seeing a pool of shattered glass on orderly painted lines in a parking lot in the middle of the night.
After the theft, I was incredibly discouraged about what I had lost. I cherish my ability to travel and photograph the places I’ve been – especially the cities. Cities tell us so much – from changing architectural trends to the unique neighborhood spots only the locals can tell you about. Cities speak to both the triumph of human ingenuity and the instances when we fail miserably as a society. They represent the very best, and sometimes, the very worst of us as humans. To me, they are an observation deck to take in how past and present gives way to the future.
Rudyard Kipling said once in a poem,
“If you can…watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools” – Rudyard Kipling, If
This site is my attempt to rebuild. It will come in fits and starts… and I can tell you that not every photo you see will be a gem. However, I’ll do my best to capture the essence of each major American city that I find me and my camera in (as well as some of the cities beyond our borders, as well).
Along the way, I hope to hear from you out there. Feel free to reach out and share with me your thoughts, suggestions and questions.
Somewhere along the journey,