Maxwell, TX

My good friend Mark invited me out for a motorcycle ride one fine Spring day recently. We headed out down some backroads, well away from the gridlocked highways in Austin. A little town called Maxwell caught our attention on the map. Mark had driven through there before and remembered seeing some neat old buildings. I love photographing in old small towns so I was more than game. As is usual in these scattered little Texas towns, there wasn't a lot there. Unless you look closely and wander around - then the little details and oddities will appear as you explore the seemingly deserted urban landscape. A little cantina sat in the center of town and a few bottle and cans laying around were the only evidence of anyone being there in recent times. Maxwell was quiet and full of gritty detail as we wandered its empty streets. It was a perfect place to stop on a lazy day of riding a few meandering country roads.

Exploring Granger and Bartlett

I went on a motorcycle ride with my good friend Mark recently.  There are a number of interesting small towns along the backroads near Austin and we took advantage of the relatively mild summer weather we've been having to make a few stops and explore a little. I led us on a path that took us through Granger and Bartlett. These tiny towns could use some renovation but I don't mind the rustic look. It's a pleasant break from the Austin cityscape - land of never ending condo construction. While it's a bit sad to see some wonderful old buildings in states of decay, there is something about walking the streets of towns like these that I find reassuring. It's a bit of the past that hasn't been leveled in the name of urban expansion.

Urban landscapes are a favorite photographic pursuit of mine. I've been challenging myself to look for interesting details instead of going after the big picture so to speak. I tend to shoot with a 50mm focal length lately, 35mm maybe here and there. That keeps me from running around snapping shots of whole buildings with a wide angle and calling it a day.  The tighter focal lengths make for a greater challenge in composition and force me to dig a little deeper in my explorations. In these 2 towns I looked for some of the little things - parts over the whole. Of course, it is always hard to resist interesting doors or windows. Some habits I won't shake.

Granger

Bartlett

Photos taken with a Fujifilm XF1, B&W red filter simulation.