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Jul
09

louisville looks like

My friend Peter has a new blog called Looks Like Will Oldham, which is devoted to, well, pictures of people who look like Will Oldham.  Check it out.  Here are some random pictures from downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana.

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3 Responses to “louisville looks like”


  1. 1 brian
    July 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I like the way you often photograph Louisville as though it’s been
    devastated by the plague or a nuclear holocaust. Intentional or not,
    the feeling of apocalyptic desolation is palpable… and strangely
    alluring.

  2. 2 aprettypickle
    July 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    i appreciate your comment! i just take pictures of places that have some sort of history behind them. abandoned buildings and old, overlooked stores just captivate my imagination. i suppose the apocolyptic feeling is intentional. i do want the viewer to actually feel something for these places and what once was and is no longer, and i like for the places to stand alone with out any trace of human beings (well, most of the time.. there are some exceptions). oh, and i liked the way the first photo looked like it had a cartoon-esque hole for a mouse. don’t know if anyone would have thought about it that way but me..haha

    • 3 brian
      July 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm

      That’s really funny… I certainly can see it now. There’s a wry humor to some of the photos that I appreciate, as well. We can’t be consumed with apocalyptic dread all the time, right? At any rate, the photographs possess a certain “haunted” quality for me that’s definitely enhanced by the lack of human subjects. The feeling I get from decaying, dilapidated buildings is a kind of gut-wrenching melancholia… not altogether pleasant, but I like it, nonetheless. Your photos evoke that feeling incredibly well. (By the way… GREAT images of Kaden Tower, too. No gut-wrenching melancholia there; having grown up in Hikes Point, I only have warm, fuzzy feelings for that building!)

      Incidentally, the Will Oldham site is highly amusing… I work at the library and last week a gentleman came in who bore an uncanny resemblance to him. As he approached the circulation desk, I was tempted to ask, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Will Oldham?”, but upon scanning his library card, I realized that it actually WAS Will Oldham.


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