Posted: March 18, 2013 in Architecture, Bricks, Deserted, Details, Industrial, Photography, Wabi Sabi, Wausau, Wisconsin

On Friday I had to drive to the CVA gallery in Wausau in order to retrieve one of my pictures and my friend, Gina, graciously agreed to come along to serve as both Master Navigator and Shotgun.  Gina’s job as Master Navigator was mostly to talk Siri down from Defcon 4 every time Siri realized we were ignoring her.  Her job as Shotgun consisted of providing snacks and keeping her eyes peeled for a Starbucks. She acquitted herself admirably on all fronts.

Post-gallery and pre-coffee, we found ourselves on a narrow sidestreet (with Siri having yet another meltdown) where the following treasure presented itself.


No clue what the story is here, but the whole building is a wabi sabi hoedown. The first picture was taken by Gina with her phone from the comfort of her (heated) seat.

This next one is mine which I achieved by nosing my car into half a parking space, clamboring through a snowbank toting all my equipment and risking life and limb on an ice-glazed parking lot for the sake of my art.


Just saying.

That wierd bow to the double line of blocks is not a lens-based distortion. It seriously curves in just as it looks. And while I do not undertand what I am looking at, I do love the whole random effect here. Is this wall going back up with repairs or coming down for good? (Once again I suggest that you click on the picture for a larger view. It looks far better that way.)

While on the general topic of lenses, let me mention that if you are checking your LCD screen after your initial shot to determine if you need to change settings and things are horribly dark, don’t necessarily start cranking up your ISO or otherwise try to improve the quality of available light. First, you should recall that you are wearing your brand new glasses with transition lenses and you are essentially trying to read the screen through sunglasses.

Not that this happened to me.  

  1. “Hurry, dammit, or the whole thing will come down. Don’t you know how to read plans? You can’t put a window there. What do you mean, no plans?

  2. Betsy (Thompson)Legg says:

    I hope it is a tear down since those cinderblocks are seriously SCAREY……..
    Loved the first pic from your smart friend, Gina. The lighting was fantastic.

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