Sunday, May 20, 2012

Recent Work - 2012.5

Urban Decline
© Larry Torno

Why shoot it?
     Because I grew up in St. Louis, on the Hill, where bricks were everywhere. And because my grandfather worked in the brickyards, making bricks from scratch in huge ovens. And because I like the way a brick feels in your hand; with it’s sharp edges and considerable heft. And because this stacked composition interested me. And because time took its toll; with some of the bricks covered in moss and all of them leaning carefully to the left. And because someone put a cinder block at the end of the pile to help stabilize it. And because it started out neat and tidy and good intentioned but ended up comfortable, worn and balanced . . . like life itself.

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