London, ON, May 2011
About this photo: It's Thematic's bricks and mortar week. What does this mean to you? Good question. Click here and all will be answered.There's a certain something to an old, ignored alleyway that gets me every time. Sure, these places can be somewhat eerie and more than a little foreboding. Walking into one alone is probably not the smartest thing to do, yet that's what I'll often do if I'm in the right mood.
I think the risk, however small, is well worth it, because these places have a texture and a feel that just doesn't exist anywhere else. They represent the urban landscape at its best and its worst, often at the same time. They're usually completely silent, but there's ample evidence that this hasn't always been the case. I can close my eyes and imagine who painted the graffiti, and what these bricks would say if they could speak.
I haven't been beaten up yet, so I'm guessing there are more than a few such walkabouts in my near future.
Your turn: When taking pictures, do you ever go places you probably shouldn't go?