On the walls at the coffee spot I’m hanging out in this morning is the work of a local photographer, Samson Davis. It’s his first show and it features a wide range of photography — portraits, landscapes, some artsy digital color work (wish I knew what they were called), and a series on urban decay.
The urban decay pieces reminded me of a link a friend sent me some time ago from Flavorwire, that showed the interiors of some beautiful old buildings, including libraries and theaters. (I’ve looked but can find the link to add here.) That friend, Greg, shares an affinity for old things. An architect/ old movie buff/fellow library freak, he’s drawn to photos of them especially.
Samson Davis – Greg – and here I am, writing about what treasures we have in these neglected old bui,ldings. It is amazing how much incredible detail, craftsmanship and passion went into old theaters and buildings.
Just cruising the net for photos to add to this post, I’m prompted to take to the street to save some of them. I’m especially melancholy about all the books in the library. They’re like stray cats (don’t get me started), I just want to bring them all home and take care of them. Is there anything sadder than a book left to rot? Maybe only an abandoned library full of them.
I’m so pleased that someone (lots of someones) finds art in these once vibrant places and shares that art — even if it makes me a little wistful.