Alley Walking II

Winter is dying a slow, slushy death here in Chicago, full of ugly wet snow and matte gray skies. While comparatively mild this year, winter does seem to drag on forever. 

It's a good time to go for a walk. 

Two recent articles (12) brought my own fondness for walking into focus. The slow, rhythmic pace of travel allows the mind to both wander and focus. A lack of speed allows for close observation of the surroundings. Dense urban conditions allow for the majority of errands to be done on foot.

A collection of alley photos from the last week or two, mirroring a post from a year ago

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Beautiful red garage, reminded me of the Rural Studio's Red Barn.

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Still life with extinct technology.

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Wheat paste graffiti, sans body.

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Industrial orange.

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Circles, squares, and rectangles.

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Rectangles.

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This alley-facing address, with a very ordinary-looking deck structure, had been embellished with the address drilled into the structure, in Helvetica no less.

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Two.

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A curious garage -- the roof appears to rest entirely on a clerestory of glass block, and there was a roofed metal-mesh coop, presumably for pigeons.

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Red.

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Facade with tarps.

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Geometrically pure marble table.

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Wet pallet and dirty snow. A perfect picture of March in Chicago.

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Primary sawhorse.

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Spiral staircase with security wings at top.

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Iceberg drift and trusty boots.