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21 April 2003 @ 11:35 pm
346 small pointy dangerous objects, 100 nuclear warheads, 1 rotten egg  
The first phase of the Lifekill project (in some ways, a sequel to Roadkill) has been completed. Mud on my pants, wet socks, cold fingers ... and a driver who wouldn't, for the most part, let me out of the car. It made for an exercise in drive-by photography, that's for sure.

Why does urban decay fascinate me so? It's one of those intangible tangibles that I have lived close to and seen from an outsider's perspective - it is not something that I have experienced. Certainly, I've worked in the ghetto, but power locks and fast wheels have shielded me from a harsh environment. Am I never to see it without the window in the way? Should I feel relief, or should I continue poking at the border my upbringing has set up?

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: My Dying Bride - Le Figlie della Tempesta
El Duderino, if you're into brevity: God and Cthulhuthrames on April 21st, 2003 11:29 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I've glanced at your user info, but I do recognize the Staley's buildings when I see 'em. You a fellow Decaturite? (Decaturian? Decaturese? Decatur-dweller?)
El Duderino, if you're into brevity: God and Cthulhuthrames on April 21st, 2003 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, and there's also St. Patrick's, there. How did I forget to mention that? D'uh. So, apparently, you are from around this quaint area.
One Who Wanders: composedabiona on April 22nd, 2003 06:47 am (UTC)
Yup, I am. ^_^
One Who Wanders: analyticalabiona on April 22nd, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC)
Decaturian = my school's paper, which I have many bad stories about. XP

Decaturite gets my vote, but Decatur-dweller is fun too.
aethene on April 21st, 2003 11:59 pm (UTC)
Dammit, when you said new pictures, it took it to be new pictures of you. *Indignant scowl*

Superb photography, but that's Decatur? Wow, I'm sorry. =P
reekashininreekashinin on April 22nd, 2003 12:03 am (UTC)
*smiles* dosn't look to ghetto, to me, but then ghetto to me is the bronx like areas.

That looks kinda like where I grew up, more of a small oil field town feel to it then ghetto.

*laughs* I know for a fact that I could walk around that area without feeling threatened...but, thats the difference in areas we grew up eh? makes for interesting thinking.

very nice photography, i especially like the one with the man by the train cars...reminds me of home.
One Who Wanders: is that soabiona on April 22nd, 2003 12:15 pm (UTC)
hehe ... these aren't the worst areas of Decatur I'm sure, nor are they like the ghetto area I work in when I am at home. But they are still not happy places.

Decatur isn't small ... it's somewhere around 90,000 souls.

There are reasons why you could feel safe there and I would not - I am a small girl who is physically weak, and not very street-smart. I know enough to keep myself out of trouble in suburbia, but that's not saying much. : P Generally, I have been trained to avoid areas of a "checkered nature," or only go there with someone(s) who can protect me.
reekashininreekashinin on April 23rd, 2003 12:55 am (UTC)
good point...i always seem to forget that being male seems to give me a stupidity rating of +2/+2 for going into areas that I shouldn't^_~(i'm such a dork!)

anyway, I fear small intelligent women more than I do tall athletic ones, because at least around those women i know what to talk about(not to categorize but usually it is the case^_^)

but around more intelligent women i get tongue tied because it seems that anything I say is just going to sound stupid and unintelligent and make me look like a moron anyway^_^*smiles* which is why I usually try not to say anything...
aviv in whatever land she finds herself intsukiflower on April 22nd, 2003 02:56 am (UTC)
awesome, i am a fan.
pixiesboy on April 22nd, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)
Those are great photos that you took Sakaki. They really capture the isolation of the scenes. It shows that you take art classes ^^