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Tag: Art Is Where You Find It (page 1 of 8)

Hillside Monday: 3/18/19

“I Don’t Know What Happened Here, but I Kinda Like It”

LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Friday Photo: 3/15/19

Image of a large fluffy white cumulonimbus cloud against a brilliant blue sky. Sky ranges from baby blue at bottom right to cadet/royal blue in the middle to a deep near-indigo at top left. In the left bottom corner, black electric service lines cross the image at a 45-degree angle. In the middle of the heaviest electric service line sits a lone mockingbird.

My heart has followed, all my days, something I cannot name.
— Don Marquis

“For Wes, Part 21”
Pine Mountain, Georgia (2019)

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Friday Photo: 3/8/19

Stark black & white photograph of a large piece of red velvet, folded back over onto itself multiple times. The folds in the fabric make a mirror image in the upper and lower halves of the photo, with the tops of each velvet ridge appearing to have a silver line running across the top (a photo effect).

“Red Velvet in Black and White”
LaGrange, Georgia (2019)

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Friday Photo: 3/1/19

Closeup, vivid color photo of a clear glass sugar dispenser next to a cream-colored ceramic Waffle House logo mug. Both sit on a laminated Waffle House menu, the Hashbrowns section of which is included in the lower middle portion of the image (

“Sugar and Coffee with Menu”
Waffle House # 646
LaGrange, Georgia (2018)

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Wednesday Photo: 2/20/19

In foreground: a Waffle House logo coffee cup about half-full of light coffee, and to its left are three a knife, fork, and spoon on a white paper napkin. The rest of the frame is a wood-grain (Formica) laminate table top, light in the middle and dark around the table edges.

“Time for Another Refill”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia (2015)

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For Valentine’s Day 2019

“Pink Heart in the Gutter”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017

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Wednesday Photo: 2/13/19

“Roadside Valentine No. 330”
Troup County, Georgia – 2012

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Friday Photo: 1/25/19

Close-up view of one wheel of a freight train car, massive and rusty-brown, on a clean silvered steel rail. The asphalt of the railroad crossing shows behind and in front of the train car wheel. In the background hangs the red-and-white striped reflective rail crossing "arm" that lowers automatically when a train approaches. Spring-green tree leaves fill out the far background, beyond the crossing arm.

“Waiting on a Train, Part 23”
LaGrange, Georgia (2015)

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Wednesday Photo: 1/23/19

Close-up view looking down into a clear acrylic glass of milk, near the rim of the glass. In the background are the edge of the tan/brown wood-grain laminate restaurant countertop, the rim of a heavy off-white ceramic cup full of coffee, and the colorful laminated Waffle House "Favorites" menu. A clear plastic drinking straw extends up out of the glass of milk and past our view, out of the photo to the upper-right.


“Jump On In, the Milk Is Fine”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia (2015)

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Friday Photo: 1/18/19

“Post-Holiday Letdown”
LaGrange, Georgia (2018)

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Friday Photo: 1/11/19

Blue and white holiday lights on a string whiz past the camera in a blur of off-white rhomboids and bright blue dashes against a dark 9pm late December sky.

“Blue Light, Star Fight”
Heard County, Georgia – 2014

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Hillside Monday: 1/7/19

On a gray, overcast day, we look up into the green-painted, rusty steel beams under a railroad bridge, and also see the mossy concrete edge of bridge showing in the upper left corner of photo. Hanging from a thin piece of plastic fishing line is a 12-ounce Pepsi-Cola can bearing the bright red-white-and-blue standard Pepsi can design and logo. Presumably, the fishing line tied to the can is affixed somewhere on top of the railroad bridge, off camera.

“Fishing from the Railroad Bridge”
LaGrange, Georgia (2018)

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Here’s to 2019

“Turquoise Leap”
Denver, Colorado – 2014

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Goodbye to 2018

This photo to close out the calendar year was an accident. No, really.

After applying a new red lipstick, I blotted the color with a square of toilet paper, then tossed the TP square into the toilet bowl. Several hours later, long after I’d flushed the toilet, I lifted the lid and saw the carmine-red half-kiss still on the side of the bowl.

The beauty of blazing red pigment against clean-yet-crawling-with-germs white porcelain? It’s a fitting metaphor for 2018.

“Lipstick on Porcelain”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2018

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Wednesday Photo: 12/26/18

“Dogwood Vigil No. 2”
Atlanta, Georgia – 2013

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Monday Photo: 12/24/18

“A Christmas Eve Devotional”
Waffle House #1248
Valley, Alabama – 2018

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Friday Photo: 12/21/18

“Stars All Along the Way”
Pine Mountain, Georgia – 2015

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Friday Photo: 12/14/18

“For Wes, Part 19”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2018
Model: Community Ernge

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Wednesday Photo: 12/12/18

“In a Churchyard at Dusk”
Heard County, Georgia – 2015

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Hillside Monday: 12/3/18

“Formica and Glass”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 11/28/18

“Isabel, in Gray and Rust”
Heard County, Georgia – 2014

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Friday Photo: 11/16/18

I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.
— Georgia O’Keeffe

“For Wes, Part 11”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017

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Friday Photo: 11/9/18

To be Southern is to carry a pall of secrets.
Zaina Alsous

“For Wes, Part 10”
Glenn, Georgia – 2017
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Wednesday Photo: 11/7/18

“Cream, Sugar, Tabletop, Red Wall”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 10/31/18

“Verdigris Fountain”
Pine Mountain, Georgia – 2018

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Hillside Monday: 10/29/18

“Big Chicken, at Rest”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2009

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Friday Photo: 10/12/18

“Sunday Morning Coming Down”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Friday Photo: 9/21/18

“Lichens on Tombstone”
Heard County, Georgia – 2014

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Friday Photo: 9/7/18

“Waiting on a Train, Part 3”
Anniston, Alabama – 2016

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Friday Photo: 8/31/18

“Waiting on a Train, Part 2”
Anniston, Alabama – 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 8/29/18

“Traveling Shoes, Part 2”
Columbus, Georgia – 2017

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Friday Photo: 8/10/18

“Kudzu and Concrete”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017

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Hillside Monday: 8/6/18

“Any Porch In a Storm”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2015

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Hillside Monday: 7/30/18

“For Wes, Part 3”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017
Feline model: Smokey (2008-2018)

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Wednesday Photo: 7/25/18

“Poolside, 5:04 PM”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2018

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Friday Photo: 7/20/18

“Self-Portrait with Porous Concrete”
Kansas City, Missouri – 2017

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Friday Photo: 7/6/18

“Bass Fiddle, at Rest”
Nashville, Tennessee – 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 7/4/18

“Shore Erosion, Horace King Park”
Troup County, Georgia – 2014

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Friday Photo: 6/22/18

“Michael’s Fine Clothes for Men”
Kansas City, Missouri – 2017

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Friday Photo: 6/15/18

“Mining Camp Ghost Accident”
Leadville, Colorado – 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 6/13/18

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.
— Diane Arbus

“For Wes, Part 18”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2017

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Hillside Monday: 6/11/18

“Waiting on a Train, Part 20”
LaGrange, Georgia – 2018

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Wednesday Photo: 6/6/18

 

“A Quiet Moment in KC”
Kansas City, Missouri – 2017

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Friday Photo: 6/1/18

“Shadow with Methodist Clubhouse Wall”
Glenn, Georgia – 3 April 2015

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Friday Photo: 5/25/18

“Handed Down in Stone”
Heard County, Georgia – 7 February 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 5/23/18

“Red Truck Reflection”
Marietta, Georgia – 25 May 2017

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‘Til His Wheels Fall Off

Let me tell you something: I like a man with a hundred thousand miles on him. I like a man who’s been cross-country again and again on the long haul, on the short haul, down interstates and dirt roads. I like a man with a few scrapes along his fenders. I like a man whose windows have deflected a quarry’s worth of rocks, whose slightly busted windshield bears a long, wandering, starry thread running east to west.

I like a man with some wear and tear on him. I like a man who’s been in an accident or three, who doesn’t mind trading a little paint—a man who sees no reason to fear a bucket of Bondo. I like a man who isn’t so concerned for his delicate paint job and fancy chrome details that he’s too scared to roll down the driveway. I like a man who, when he really is too scared to roll down the driveway, puts on a new air filter, intakes a deep breath, and rumbles out anyway. I like a man who knows how to fix himself, who values what he’s learned by hammering out his own dents.

I like a man who’s run hot, spewed smoke, blown a gasket. I like a man who knows the metallic growl of his own stripped gears. I like a man who’s found himself coming down a 6% incline outside Monteagle with his clutch completely gone and his trailer brakes on fire and no emergency pull-off in sight. I like a man who’s been stuck in the mud up to his wheel wells, who’s had to sit there with the shame of knowing that he did it to himself. I like a man who recognizes, sitting there in the mud, that there is no shame in letting someone with a little more horsepower—and a 12,000-pound bumper winch—drag him back to solid road.

I like a man whose axle bearings sometimes sing high and ghostly of too-heavy loads, of too-light grease. I like a man who’s somehow wound up at the edge of the yard, as far from the house as possible, with FOR SALE, OR TRADE FOR TRACTOR scrawled across him in white shoe polish. I like a man whose odometer tells me that he has been driven, that he has been broken, that he has been repaired—that he has been loved.

He’d rather be scrap than admit it, but he wishes he were shiny and new. I don’t. Give me crumpled rusty panels, a short in the eight-track player, a hiccup under the distributor cap. Let me tell you something: I’ll drive him ’til his wheels fall off.

Photo: “Yes, It Still Runs” (Heard County, Georgia – 15 May 2014)

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NOTE: I first posted this piece on 16 May 2014.

Friday Photo: 5/18/18

“Water Oak Leaves with Rain and Window”
LaGrange, Georgia – 1 May 2017

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Wednesday Photo: 5/16/18

“Turquoise Links”
LaGrange, Georgia – 31 July 2015

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Hillside Monday: 5/14/18

“Places to Go, Things to Do”
LaGrange, Georgia – 17 April 2015

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