Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Urban ugliness

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Undaunted by the dumpster's name, meaning Mr. Mouse, I went exploring in a back alley bordering on Jerusalem's industrial area, near old Romema.

Utterly unsettling was the graffito prompted by the wooden beam.

Ugh, what was this place??

Who had lived inside?

Unexpected was this piece of unusual urban ugliness!
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Unwittingly though, it turned out to be useful for ABC Wednesday's U Day.
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24 comments:

Robin said...

That is some serious ugliness there. What a surreal combination of graffiti in that second shot too. Gives me the willies...

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Catherine said...

Well, not so welcoming, you're right Dina.
Desolation as graffiti show.

Manang Kim said...

A hangman and a flower in one wall that is some kind of weird. This site is common in the Philippines, something that has to be noted by the government. Happy Wednesday!


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crederae said...

hi beautiful Dina, well at least the dumpster has a name which is a notch up in life.

Around our city square they have several garbage disposals that were probably pretty ugly and they hired an artist to paint them And really every day they put a smile on my mind.

Imagine your dumpster with a beautiful landscape scene ha ha.You would have to give it a new name.

Gingerboots said...

These images tell such a story. Great capture.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Forget Wednesday! Trash Tuesday for certain. In the art world making use of the found object is referred to as "appropriation"

I like that you use the term graffito (very archeologist of you)

Wanda said...

Ugly seems to be a word many of us have used in different ways.


Good post for "U".

photowannabe said...

It definitely is Urban Ugliness but your capturing of it has an artistic bent to it. (:0)

brenda said...

Interesting pictures, and I enjoyed your words, as well. Thank you for sharing...the please inspire is sad.

Roger Owen Green said...

UNSETTLING, UNDENIABLY. Thee's such a lack of UNDERSTANDING in the world.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - ROG

Gayle said...

So many questions raised from each of the photos. So interesing. Each has a story, I'm sure.

Cloudia said...

backstage Jerusalem!



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crederae said...

Also I like the way you play with the dark shadowns and the blinding light of the first picture. It renders the image somewhat surrealistic.

ChrisJ said...

Such ugliness, yet beautiful photos. I have NEVER been a fan of city living.

Susie of Arabia said...

I guess no matter where in the world we go, there are bound to be places that are not so beautiful or inspired as we would like. Some places just have a lot more than others!

VP said...

If this does happen even in the Jerusalem of Gold, no place is safe from this ugliness.

Leif Hagen said...

Spooky! What an unsettling feeling walking through there, non?

B SQUARED said...

All communities have there "ugly" side.

Jay said...

Urban ugliness can be so depressing, can't it? But it made a great ABC post!

Jingle said...

thoughtful u post.

LisaF said...

Only a photographer could turn such an atrocity into something interesting to view!

Anna said...

Very clever choice of U-words! Great photos too! I was almost going to use the word "un-ugly" and show somehing that I thought was not ugly. But I decided that it was not good enough and sounded pretentious - "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Your post is courageous, bold and yet understated. I like it, "ugly" as it is! Beautifully thought out!
Best wishes,
Anna

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Linda Frances said...

Evocative photographs.

Kay said...

This is quite disturbing... but interesting, actually.