Remembering the Lost


Riding the same bus route every day I notice things that change on the streets. A couple weeks ago four separate memorials appeared along Burleigh within only a few blocks. This is a tough part of town and I’ve seen these makeshift sites from time to time, but never four in one week. Over the Easter weekend there were seven shootings in Milwaukee, five of them within two hours on Saturday, April 4.

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Aaron M. Harmon, Sr., 24th and Burleigh.

Aaron got into an argument with Jeremy Green in a bar on 52nd and Hampton. They each went to their cars and got weapons and continued the argument outside the bar. They fired on each other and both died. Aaron was 24. Jeremy was 33.

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“Lee”, 27th and Burleigh.

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“Money Movin Moo”, 28th and Burleigh.

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No name, 32nd and Burleigh.

Thanks to Joel, who drove me to see these more closely. May they truly rest in peace.

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Walking Around Today


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This little guy/gal was sitting on bright yellow plastic “bumper” tubing along the UW-Milwaukee Panther playing field fence.

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Bus shelter on the corner of Maryland and Locust. 😛

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This is one of my friendly neighbors and her Great Pyrenees. “Annie” is her fifth GP and she adores the breed, though readily admits that they are a lot of work, they shed a lot, and they aren’t for everyone. Annie is one gorgeous beast!

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The city is about to dig up some roads near my house and there are piles of bright aqua-colored pipes lying at the ready. This shot was a nice idea, but my phone didn’t quite get where to focus and I didn’t stop to check before walking on. I’ll have to try again. 🙂

Vivian Maier, Street Photographer


Documentary Film: Finding Vivian Maier

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

The documentary will be shown at the Oriental Theater on Milwaukee’s east side on Friday, May 2.

It Was the Hat That Got Me


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I feel extremely uncomfortable taking photos of people with a cell phone on the bus, but this preacher’s hat got me. It was a straw hat with religious words and exclamations written all over it in marker and a row of cheap gold Mardi Gras beads around the crown. I waited until after he sermonized the driver and got off the bus, bible in hand, to take a shot. I didn’t do so well,  and didn’t capture the greatness of that hat, but a quick trip through a fun filter saved the image.