Window Shoppers, Shoe Shiners, and the Art of the Storefront

If you’re in real estate, you know right now there’s nothing hotter than walkability. People are tired of driving stressed all day, hunting for parking. They yearn to walk to school, walk to the park, walk to the corner store. The idyllic American main streets that’ve been boarded up by Sprawlmart big box leviathans – well, they’re… Continue reading Window Shoppers, Shoe Shiners, and the Art of the Storefront

Photographing Early 20th Century Bike Life

There’s truly not a more fascinating way to explore history than through the photograph – for me anyway. Something about the haunting richness of images from the late 19th & early 20th century draws me in, irresistibly. No filmmaker seemingly can pull off the complex period realism of the documentary image, save for maybe Jack Fisk or David Crank. And nobody… Continue reading Photographing Early 20th Century Bike Life

Examining Street Life Before the Automobile

Exactly when I first stumbled upon Shorpy.com I do not recall. It may have been due to StumbleUpon, actually. Once realizing the treasure I’d found, it also became apparent the vast hours of time that would be needed to properly peruse these thousands of extremely high resolution images documenting urban American life over the last… Continue reading Examining Street Life Before the Automobile