Signs Over Windows

The Princess Bride
The author in front of the rubble of Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore, wearing a Have Spacesuit, Will Travel t-shirt

In the aftermath of the Minneapolis Police killing George Floyd, Minneapolis has experienced much distress. We’re being forced to confront issues we’ve let slide for too long (or that our work has not usefully improved). There is a huge amount of anger of course, both immediate and accumulated over decades and centuries. There is despair. There are even some tendrils of hope.

I’m not a suitable person to deal with the big issues here. I’ll keep listening, and I’ll keep voting and pressuring my representatives to do what seems right, but I’m not a leader in any of this.

But the visual changes to the city around me are striking. In some areas, most businesses have put plywood (or OSB) panels over all their windows and other glass. That by itself is a big change, but not visually very interesting. However, many of the panels have been painted with slogans and war cries, straight-forwardly or artistically, or even graphic art. Both the text, and the appearance, have been catching my attention, so I started photographing these decorated panels.

This gallery is early versions of pictures I’m working on. They may appear, change, even disappear, as I see fit, while sorting and editing and arranging. Things will probably not be in the best order. There will be duplicate (or very similar) images. There will be missing, bad, or intrusive caption. Also kind of a torture test for the WP gallery feature; we’ll see how that goes.

Updates: 12:50pm 13-June-2020, 0:12am 10-June-2020, 9:10pm 8-June-2020, 10:24pm 7-June-2020, 9:36pm 6-June-2020, 2:33pm 6-June-2020, Noon 6-June-2020

Also, if I get enough photos I like, I will need a name for the project. My first round of ideas doesn’t bear talking about. My second round get some additional meanings to come forward, but it’s not enough yet, the meanings are right but not complete. So, I’m not calling this project “Signs of Distress”. (It doesn’t hint at the hope that’s in some of them.)