End Times

niagara falls ontario

They say that Niagara Falls, Ontario is the happiest place on earth. They don’t say that about Niagara Falls, NY. I don’t remember which camera or film I used for this photo but I do remember how amazing it was to walk along the edge of the gorge towards the Schoellkopf Power Station ruins. The trail is busy with tourists and tragedy until you get to the rainbow bridge. There is something oddly inspiring about walking under the border control and beside the abandoned Robert Moses Parkway.

Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge

I’m pretty sure I am on at least 13 watch lists because I took this photo.

Robert Moses hated Niagara Falls, NY and punished the city with this awful parkway that did nothing but seperate the city from the falls. The city has slowly replaced it with an elegant greenway and a two lane road.

I prefer it when my power plants don’t fall into the gorge but in the case of the Schoellkopf Power Station I will make an exception. There isn’t much left of Schoellkopf but these elegant ruins and an elevator you can take to the bottom of the gorge and possibly see exploded turbines in the river.

Brutal Boston

Nobody likes this building. Nobody. I personally enjoy luxuriating in the hatred of Boston City Hall while letting the poured concrete crush my spirit. Afterward, I go to Uniqlo and realize I hate Faneuil Hall Marketplace more than anyone could hate Boston City Hall. Abstract monumentalism FTW!

I took this photo on xmas eve on the way to obesify with my family at Durgin-Park. Their pot roast is what food dreams are made of. Lomo-LCA and some 400 speed film. Developing done by the robust OldSchoolPhotoLab.com

Wellingtonia Avenue

Wellingtonia Way

Wellington Station on the MBTA Orange line is my new favorite way to access Boston without driving. It also has elegant brutalist architecture and you get to walk over the orange line’s rail yard to get from the parking to the station.

Wellington MBTA Tips

  • Choose Wellington if you are coming from north of Boston and are looking for a cheap park and ride.
  • Overnight parking is cheap here and it is a very easy ride from Wellington MBTA to most neighborhoods.
  • When leaving drive towards Assembly Row to get back on I-93 or you have to do a strange loop.
  • The station has a bathroom which is nominally clean.

A Cold Whole

In an ambitious exhibition featuring two new installation-based commissions, artist Taryn Simon activates the rituals of applause and the cold water plunge, examining individuals’ campaigns for public admiration, the status of physical community spaces in the digital age, and our persistent desire for a quick fix.

You walk into a cold dark room with a window at one end that looks into a refrigerated space full of ice with a hole in the center. If you are lucky, a person will walk into the room and jump into the cold water. It is implied that you should clap as the person jumps in the water. The first time I saw someone jump into the water everyone clapped but the second time nobody did.