Boston’s Chinatown

I don’t normally photograph in Boston’s Chinatown mainly because it’s a fair hike from where we live. Today however, my wife suggested we go there and wow was the walk fun! The neighborhood’s combination of grit and beauty was a street photographer’s banquet. The heat and humidity were pretty oppressive and I’m glad we finished early.

Padlock B

R0320073smallAs much as I’m drawn to photographing the scenic and the beautiful, life has other facets. In our city, Boston, where grace is often juxtaposed with gritty, it is important to be aware of both.

This lock is on a decaying steel door in the Arthur Fiedler overpass to the Charles River Esplanade. It has a tough graphic quality that, to me at least, makes a nice bookend to the previous photo on this blog.