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This sign used to belong to a lively retail establishment that sold many goods to welcomed customers. Many people were happy with the store, including employees and customers. With time going by, people have lost interest in the store and the store has gone bankrupt. This has lead the store to become abandoned and the sign that was hung proudly above the store has deteriorated and destroyed throughout time.
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A crosswalk light has many stories. Watching people constantly walking people back and forth so they can arrive at their destinations. This crosswalk light has helped people cross the street through the biting cold, radiating heat, the trickling rain, the happiest days and depressing nights. This crosswalk light has scars to show for everything it went through with the loss of cheap paint on its surface. Even with the scars it got from its journey, it still chooses to help the people who need to cross the street.
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The outline wall of this door was covered in cheap paint during the beginning of its time. That was until it was washed down with constant rain destroying the paint it once had. Some of the paint on the wall was too determined the leave which eventually left the wall with this decayed look to it. Rain still falls on this wall on occasion which leads the rain to become his worst enemy.
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People and vehicles of many shapes and sizes have walked and drove over this very street. With the rough texture of people’s shoes and car tires, this has destroyed the good paint that was laid upon this street. Though being destroyed, it is still trying its best to hold the paint together.
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A young man decided to spray paint this nice representation of nature near a park. Kids eventually found their way to this spray-painted art and not knowing any better, they proceeded to destroy it by scraping it with sticks, rocks, coins and many other materials they could find for fun. This left a giant scape mark on this spray-painted art.
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Cheap paint being destroyed by a passerby is a very common thing in this city. Curious hands by people have been chipping away at this wall for many years which caused some of the paint to fall off. The wall will continue to chip away until needing to be repainted again in the near future.
Image 1: sidewalk dot (ambiguous)
I like to imagine the random black sidewalk spec is there as a result of a faulty building of the sidewalk, lazy paving. I see it at a piece of history from which the sidewalk first originated. It’s VERY intimate with the ground.
Image 2: Manhole cover (ambiguous)
I look at the manhole as a grounded maze. I look at it as a random piece of metal that was inserted to the ground to allow a breathing room, a spacious connection between the underworld and the above ground. It’s relationship with the ground is godlike. It’s a border between two very different worlds. And the maze of the manhole itself is the very journey to navigate to get between the two realms.
Image 3: concrete splatter (ambiguous)
I like to envision the unique splatter shape came from an accident. I see a bicyclist going full speed, then, due to someone else’s incompetence, rhe cyclist had to move, he hits something, and he and hus bicycle fly into the concrete. The way the bicycle hits and scrapes along the concrete and just smacks right into the ground makes an irreversible shape in the concrete that lasts forever. It’s relationship with the ground is imbeded. It’s like a person with patchy skin.
Image 4: Cigarette (obvious)
I see the cigarette come from the hand of somebody stressed. From the type of person wjo smokes on his break, but was immediately called back to work before he could finish, says “ah dammit.” With an attitude and flings his unfinished cigarette to the ground with his fingers before pacing back to his workplace with anger, as the cigarette seeped and burned into the ground.
Image 5: napkin (obvious)
The napkin has a good relationship with the ground, as it adds variety to the ground, the shape the napkin is in and is crumpled tells me that this napkin was lost by somebody who had too many napkins and tossed it aside to be rid of it.
Image 6: receipt (obvious)
I see the receipt as an object that was lost on purpose. A person who has made a purchase, received a receipt, some pennies, and a few silver coins. As a normal person, he keeps the silvers, discards the pennies to the ground, as well as his receipt. I like to imagine the receipt is not too far from the pennies in this photo. Only the ground will accept the receipt.