Juxtapositions Tell the Story of Our Town

What a city of contradictions is Austin. Old butts up against the new, old is lamented when exchanged for new. The town’s a shiny magnet for newcomers, despite the fact that its quirky attractions are carelessly surplanted by faceless reflective towers that reflect back . . . what? Increasing anonyminity.

“Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.”

Max Ernst

These juxtapositions are a photographer’s dream. An image of Austin’s transformation can show more at a glance than can be told in hundreds of words. But these photographs deserve more than a glance (and not merely because I’m the photographer). Take a careful look, because this is a visual record of how Austin is progressing (or regressing, take your pick).

For better or worse, this is us. 

Which Vanishing Austin landmark do you miss most?

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