I headed downtown on the first Sunday of May for some quiet, social-distanced photography. I had a few cameras with me, including the new to me Panasonic GM1 with the 12-32mm kit lens. Most of my recent photography has been around the neighborhood and in the suburbs. But that isn’t nearly as interesting as a city. I know. Austin’s downtown — while growing — still isn’t very impressive compared to the great metropolises of the world. But for now, I’ll take what I can get.
I traveled east on 5th street after getting off the MoPac Expressway. I stopped briefly at the Mean-Eyed Cat Bar. It was closed, but no worries. I wasn’t there to drink. Instead, I like its faux-character-filled exterior. Too bad it’s surrounded by a couple of rather dull modern buildings. They detract from the illusion of this old-looking bar.
In contrast, I like this curved and sleek office building. I’m not against modern architecture, in fact, I love it. I’m just against bland buildings — from whatever era.
Certainly, these photos show a big contrast is buildings types. What makes it more interesting is that both structures are right next to each other, separated by a small driveway.
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