Grungy Alley Walls

My recent foray into the alleys of downtown Sacramento yielded many colorful and grungy textures, but relatively few interesting compositions.  Even those didn’t convey the full sensory experience of the place (enhanced by some rich aromas and one particularly vocal alley resident).  Adding some of those textures to the architecture, boosting the colors a bit, and tiling multiple images finally produced some satisfying results.





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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Grungy Alley Walls

  1. The results are quite satisfactory, no doubt. There is a delicate presence of color and textures, rooted in those shades of ocher, which conveys a strange and yet intimate beauty to the environment.

  2. Liz King says:

    I miss the urban texture of that neighborhood. Alleys and rooftops and half-demolished buildings. I took a nice picture of a demolition site; the ex-building’s interior wall was still left pasted against the remaining neighbor. You could see the faux-wood panelling and the shape of the stairway, way above the construction pit. I also like the mysterious lettering on light rail transformer boxes.

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