Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vacant lot blues

I happened across this telling vacant lot on Melrose the other day. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Click the image for a larger view.

This lot, to judge from the weeds, is not even used as a valet parking lot for the Larchmont Grill, across the street.

Interestingly, I don't find it sad . . . at least, no more sad than a good blues lament. If there were ever an argument for the sociologically expressive power of graffiti, this lot is something of a masterpiece. Perhaps it should be preserved the way Pompeiian graffiti has been preserved: as an indelible expression of our unique moment in time.


  1. This is gorgeous UA. What a great photograph.

  2. It is a former used car lot and shut down about 2 years ago. It was for sale for a while on LoopNet. The office building just to the east is still for sale. It is actually a great location for development.

  3. Did you use two photos to make this? There is clearly a seam down the photo at round about the third quarter from the left. I nearly missed it, just the power lines which don't line up quite right.
    Did you use the panorama mode or some such function or stitch them together yourself?

    Anyhows, great photo, I like the wartm lightining and yet lonely emptiness of the composition.

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