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June 22, 2009

Sweetland Building, Looking into the Past

The Sweetland Building was built in the 1930s in downtown Carson City Nevada, a solid brick building for the downtown core. In the 1950s the Pine Cone Cafe was a popular hangout for the town’s high school kids. After the Pine Cone, a series of restaurants moved into the space. Jimmy G’s Cigar Bar is the latest establishment on the corner, opening in June of 2009.

Carson Street, Looking into the Past

One of the first photographs of Carson City Nevada was taken from the very center of town, at the corner of King and Carson Streets. Taken around 1864, it shows a young city that’s only about 6 years old but already has a couple of large hotels and saloons. The fence on the left enclosed the Plaza, where city founder Abe Curry set aside four blocks as the site of the future State Capitol. This was a bold move when the town had a dozen residents, but twelve years later Curry’s dream came true, and the Capitol still stands there today.

Railroad Museum Abstracts

Crossposted from Around Carson.

One thing I’ve always struggled with is abstract photos. I tend to be too literal, too documentarian, and my eye has trouble seeing things as just shapes. Sunday I found myself at the Railroad Museum, with the locomotives and all their interesting gears and knobs and bolts. I determined to try some abstract shots, getting close, skewing the angles, and trying to play with the objects as just shapes, not things.

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