Joseph Nalle, 6th Street

Joseph Nalle, 6th Street - Austin, Texas

Joseph Nalle, 6th Street – Austin, Texas

I mentioned yesterday that I have a newfound appreciation for the superior detailing of East 6th Street buildings. Here’s a good example. The solid brickwork is adorned with just the right amount of architectural flourishes. It’s not a fancy building, but an honest one with a proper balance that we can’t seem to get right in the modern age.

You will also notice that the bars are boarded up. I made this picture just two weeks after yesterday’s in March. A lot happened during that time in Austin. A switch basically from pre-pandemic to full lockdown mode. The streets were less cluttered, too, allowing me to shoot a scene without cars — a rarity in this part of Austin.

This was still the early days of COVID-19. Before we knew how long it would be drawn out. A couple of weeks later, optimistic artwork adorned many of the plywood coverings. I documented those too. Which I feature on another day.

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