Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Here's a multicolor print of the interior of a city bus. It has yet to be fully printed, this is only the black layer, printed on a used window. I ran over it with oil paint to transfer it to the other printing plates.

This is the plate that printed what's in the previous photo.

Gray, yellow, and light blue layer.

White & dark blue layer.

Trucks going by in a rainstorm.

We delivered siding to this new house.

It was amongst many other stupid looking new houses.

Built right into a field, within an incredibly small town, away from any noticable employment.

More of a mansion here. Wrought iron imitation gates lose their classic looks when you have a hydraulic level to open them. Also, gates look fairly silly when not used as a point of entry within a wall or fence. Not to tricky to get around this one here.

So we have new houses, which use vinyl to imitate wooden siding, stone, or bricks, and are built to imitate classic early american architecture... and they are built cheaply and poorly in absurd places... and then we have abandoned houses on one of the main streets of Philadelphia, which one of the countries largest cities.

Phili, Baltimore

The corvette was an unintended addition to the last picture, but it makes for an excellent contrast. The grain elevator in the distance, surrounded by haze and pollution, is now abandoned, or at least unused for grain storage. It used to be the destination for entire trainloads of grain, which were then transferred to ships for export. The coveted corvette in the foreground will likely cease to be made within the american confines of declining profit; as the lower picture demonstrates. The GM plant being demolished is in Baltimore, and used to make the Astro and Safari vans. Who says the corvette plant can survive, as all the others fail? Probably only the unions, under the condition that their members accept every concession GM demands.

This hotel really stands out in the area it's in. It's a very interesting design, with those larged arched openings and staircases.

I finally got a pan shot right.

Trucks & Lifts

I've been learning how to drive this old (1985) outdoor forklift. It's actually harder, I think, than the three-wheeled lift, even though it's much closer to driving a car. For someone who knows stick, though, I doubt that's true. Either way, the forks are always sticking out, making precision a necessity anytime one wants to pick up a pallet- if you come at the pallet skewed, your going to catch the pallet skewed. With the other forklift, you can manuever into perfect position, and then slide the forks under the pallet. That I'm driving head down here shows how much I have to concentrate on keeping the thing in gear, rather then where I'm going. It only has two speeds anyway-Turtle and Rabbit. I wonder why, then, it's not automatic.

This was taken in the early morning, before the warehouse lights were even on. The day before, we had finished the day by stacking some loose boxes of siding onto a pallet at the highest height on the shelfs. Obviously, that didn't work out to well.

Another warehouse loading area of the building supply company

Taken in Philadelphia, as an hour was spent trying to re-enter a major roadway. At first, this picture may seem like a mess (appropriately enough), but there is a composition to it that goes right down to the image in the mirror, of the car cutting through the intersection. Alot of traffic looked like that throughout that morning.