Studio Area and Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA, photo walk

Graffiti wall featuring Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine, USA

Graffiti wall featuring Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine, USA

Our photo walk continued past the Old Port section of Portland, Maine, and headed inland, first walking through the Studio Area where we saw a real mix of historic and modern buildings.  Several of the older buildings were nicely “painted” by graffiti artists, including one building housing a restaurant whose owner requests the local street artists to completely repaint the walls of his restaurant twice a year, providing the artists and the community a large “canvas” for their creative expressions.

Abstract design (restaurant vent retrofitting), Portland, Maine, USA

Abstract design (restaurant vent retrofitting), Portland, Maine, USA

The contemporary updating of this historic building (above) reminded me a lot of Charles Scheeler’s (American black and white photographer, 1883 – 1965) photographs of industrial America in the first half of the 20th century.

Graffiti wall sponsored by the building owner, Portland, Maine, USA

Graffiti wall sponsored by the building owner, Portland, Maine, USA

In the modern building’s window (below) is reflected old Portland and, way in the back, the signage atop the new Peoples Bank building.

Reflecting the past (and the contemporary Peoples Bank), Portland, Maine, USA

Reflecting the past (and the contemporary Peoples Bank), Portland, Maine, USA

Walking on to the Civic Center area, we encountered many old buildings with classical design elements.

Time & Temperature Building, Portland, Maine, USA

Time & Temperature Building, Portland, Maine, USA

And again, we found the past reflected in the new.

Multiple reflections of the past, Portland, Maine, USA

Multiple reflections of the past, Portland, Maine, USA

And even reflected in the rear door windows of a Mercedes van.

Mercedes reflection of City Hall, Portland, Maine, USA

Mercedes reflection of City Hall, Portland, Maine, USA

City Hall, Portland, Maine, USA

City Hall, Portland, Maine, USA

Our final time juxtaposition was the modern bank building build behind the city’s statue commemorating “her sons who died for the Union” (in the American Civil War, 1861-1865).

Statue commemorating "her sons who died for the Union", Portland, Maine, USA

Statue commemorating “her sons who died for the Union”, Portland, Maine, USA

 

 

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