Tim Kiser's photos with the weeds in cracks

Tan-painted OSB for a golden-painted building with a red door.

Tan-painted OSB for a golden-painted building with a red door.
I propose that we use "taint" as a word meaning "tan paint." Apparently nobody cares when English-language words have multiple meanings so why not. "Put that taint on the OSB," etc.

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In Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 31st, 2016, on…
Added on December 15, 2016

Failure to park.

Failure to park.
Extravagant nonuse of parking.

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In Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 3rd, 2016, a former General Motors metal-stamping plant (operated 1930-2011) as viewed from the northwest corner of Oliver Avenue and South White River Parkway.

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Added on September  7, 2016

Ithaca, Michigan (population 2,910) looks to be mostly pavement and electricity.

Ithaca, Michigan (population 2,910) looks to be mostly pavement and electricity.
Which are you walking from your car to?: Robin's or the dumpster.

Robin's is "Robin's Hair & Tanning." Do not tan, it's cancerous!

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In downtown Ithaca, Michigan, on July 18th, 2015, off the west side of South Main Street, south o…
Added on May 13, 2016

Parking ramp windows.

Parking ramp windows.
I whispered, "Somebody cares," and I got a lump in my throat and my eyes watered.

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In Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 2nd, 2015, a view from the west side of Kentucky Avenue between Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk.

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Added on January 25, 2016

A patch of city scenery in Ypsilanti.

A patch of city scenery in Ypsilanti.
Here was an overgrown parking lot, a collapsing fence, an unidentified source of toxic smoke, and a stand of Ailanthus altissima.

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In Ypsilanti, Michigan, on October 14th, 2013, off the north side of East Michigan Avenue (Michigan…
Added on July 12, 2015

PRIVATE DRIVE, not anymore!: NO PARKING.

PRIVATE DRIVE, not anymore!: NO PARKING.
Idea for its next message: PARKING LOT.

That parking lot beyond the sign is LITERALLY CRIMINALLY underutilized in my opinion. The underutilization ought to be criminalized.

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In downtown Warren, Ohio, on June 21st, 2014, on the no…
Added on April  1, 2015

Hand-drawn nonparking.

Hand-drawn nonparking.
This was my favorite part of the parking lot. What is that broken candlestick-looking thing at the bottom.

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In Louisville, Kentucky, on March 7th, 2014, at the northwest corner of East Jefferson Street and South Hancock Street.…
Added on June 16, 2014

Light blue living or retail or office.

Light blue living or retail or office.
Here were times and activities and people not worth remembering I guess, or else there'd be a historical information display panel.

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In downtown Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 15th, 2010, a building on the east side of Jefferson…
Added on June 19, 2014

Do it do it do it!

Do it do it do it!
I did it and the weirdness of the conversation was fascinating and surreal. The staffperson kept looking at me I like I was a moonman and I just kept asking questions. The whole thing was ridiculous and I still laugh about it.

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Added on June 23, 2014

Funny wall full-of-holes.

Funny wall full-of-holes.
This was behind a "Slumberland" store and it got me smiling. The lighter-colored blocks appear to be an effort at refurbishment, which is heartening.

I doubt that the guardrail would be enough to protect the wall from a calculated effort to damage it wi…
Added on December  5, 2013

Gang of young urban ailanthus, unwelcome fireworks display.

Gang of young urban ailanthus, unwelcome fireworks display.
These China-native "tree of heaven" Ailanthus altissima are an Invasive Species of Noxious Weed, and they've been working for years and years on taking over the entire N. American continent, among other continents.

A US editorial cartoonist could work s…
Added on June 14, 2011

RENTIT, memorable in a way that RENT IT is not. Because of TIT.

RENTIT, memorable in a way that RENT IT is not.  Because of TIT.
Damn wow I'd love to screw that corkscrew into some land sometime, I guess I'll have to RENTIT huh. That'd be great.

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In downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on August 23rd, 2010, along the east side of North Macy Street (U.S. Route…
Added on January 22, 2013

Abrupt property line in chainlink.

Abrupt property line in chainlink.
Clearly the area all got blacktopped at the same time, on some long-ago cooperative occasion, but now we're reduced to dividing a single parking space into one-sixth and five-sixths portions, and to enforcing that division in chainlink.

The lefthand prop…
Added on November 12, 2012

An old "Old National" façade.

An old "Old National" façade.
Well it's certainly an architecture idea.

The contrast between the weedy and cracked-up old street vs the fresh new sidewalk in the foreground is gonna wave a red flag at angry drivers' rights activists.

I was ready to taunt passing motorists — "Boy t…
Added on October 24, 2012

Perpendicular travelers.

Perpendicular travelers.
The pair of weedened tracks across the parking lot preserves and memorializes the migration route of Ohio's first wave of Amish. They came in buggies.

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In downtown Sugarcreek, Ohio, on August 20th, 2012, along the east side of Fa…
Added on September  7, 2012

Circular stepping-stones, to pass across a wet swampy area in somebody's yard.

Circular stepping-stones, to pass across a wet swampy area in somebody's yard.
I stepped carefully around the utility pole's guy wires' plastic covers and proceeded to jaywalk diagonally across the street — whereupon I was helplessly swept into the force currents of the yellow and white pavement arrows, which briefly launched me int…
Added on September  8, 2011

Photography tips for hiding the shadows cast by outdoor objects on brilliantly sunny days.

Photography tips for hiding the shadows cast by outdoor objects on brilliantly sunny days.
Prowl around the object until you espy the spot where its shadow disappears. Now the world looks tidily 2D!, perfect for 2D pics.

I like this arrangement of two barrels. Do you notice how a swooping yellow line brightly defines the top of a perimeter f…
Added on February 16, 2011

Skywriting of the side of a dumpster I visited one day.

Skywriting of the side of a dumpster I visited one day.
It's called "skywriting," all of the young are trying it I heard. You try to draw what the sky looks like to you at a particular time. Some areas are tricky to try to represent some days!

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In Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 25th…
Added on November  7, 2010