Wednesday, May 14, 2014

About the header image: May 14, 2014

This week's header image is the third of three that came from a photo expedition around Scranton. It's just a cluster of old brick buildings on Franklin Street as seen from Lackawanna Avenue. But they seemed to radiate a sense of loneliness, of obsolescence, of having long outlived their usefulness and being replaced by new buildings all around.

At once I am reminded of children huddled together out of fear, and of trees trying to outcompete each other for the sun. The ancient, faded ad on the side of one building is especially poignant; for much of its existence, the ad has been obscured by its neighbor, unseen by ins intended viewers.

These buildings have now been repurposed, their insides modernized, but their skins of bricks have been left as they were laid down, brick by brick, row by row, course by course, until a four-story building came into being. But how much longer will they continue to stand? How long until they are just piles of rubble, forgotten pieces of Northeastern Pennsylvania history?

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