“i love walking down the street and seeing faces
and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness.”
detroit looks pretty good for being 320 years old
“there are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees. and there are cities like detroit that have to work for a living.”
*note – (elmore was a prolific american author/screenwriter who lived in the detroit area, where i grew up.
my father resembled elmore in his later years, was frequently mistaken for him,
and signed autographs upon request)
photo image: detroit river conservancy, detroit riverfront, michigan, usa
powerful messages found everywhere
“in an open society, no idea can be above scrutiny, just as no people should be beneath dignity.”
grand trunk pub, detroit, michigan, usa -2020
when walking downtown
this just sitting on a corner
no palm trees to be found
if you are missing your coconut
did you leave it behind
did you lose it
and not notice?
“in the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.”
as the city begins to reopen
i find so many things at an intersection
guys on scooters, cars, pedestrians, orange construction cones,
lights, signs, trees, a clock, flyers
and of course
a robot delivering food across town
who gets the right of way?
man or machine?
“we’re fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves.”
a beautiful day spent in chicago.
“inspiration comes from everywhere:
books, art, people on the street.
it is an interior process for me.”
main street, ann arbor, mi, usa – 1952, a few years back.
when transportation options were booming
and parking was more flexible.
“all the stories i’ll ever need are right here on main street.”
photo credits: ann arbor townies, carol nordman
no appointment needed.
‘being a barber is about taking care of the people.”
varsity barber shop, ann arbor, michigan ,usa
so many things to discover on the street
“the marvels of daily life are exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
ann arbor, michigan, usa – september 2018