You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own
front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.
– Stephen King
The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place,
and in any one place is always replete with improvisations.
– Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The screech and mechanical uproar of the
big city turns the citified head, fills citified ears –
as the song of birds, wind in the trees, animal cries,
or as the voices and songs of his loved ones once filled his heart.
He is sidewalk-happy.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
The first sidewalks made their appearance around 2000 BCE in what is now Turkey,
and there is evidence that both the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated
roadside pedestrian footpaths in their cities.
– Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
The sidewalk as an integral feature of urban life
can be attributed largely to the career of Georges-Eugene Haussmann,
the man behind the massive rebuilding of Paris in the 1850’s and 1860’s.
– Divya Subramanian
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
– Shel Silverstein
A sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously …
Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on,
by watching street activity.”
– Jane Jacobs
– Colleen J. McElroy
24 replies on “Sidewalk Vignettes”
I love your work. It’s inspired with the photos that we almost feel we could enter and quotes that become captions for the photos and our feelings about them.
Nice candid frames!
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Really amazing series, Steve. As always!! It inspires me to take my camera and cross my doorway steps to the sidewalk!!
Amazing photography… thank for your efforts
It really looks like a beautiful place to visit. thank you for the idea!
Beautiful pictures, really stunning.
Amazing. So beautiful. Your pictures touch my heart. Thank you.
Nogales! Next time make it over to Bisbee! And Naco, both sides of the border.
So beautiful and touching.
Amazing as always. Love your works, sir. Hope to see you in Viet Nam someday. If you need a guide or fixer in Viet Nam, please let me know.
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Thanks and regards.
Beautiful pictures. They led me to reminisce about the side walks of New York, where I grew up. Also, the subjects often made me think of the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which focuses on appreciation of beauty within the imperfect.
Beautiful, captivating, special images . I loved them all, especially the litle boy with the tyre in
Yemen and the barber in the street in Kabul with the old taxis in the background.
Thank you Stevebhai
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Never tire of seeing your wonderful images of life, as it happens.
Love the Shanghai couple!
These are marvelous!
You masterfully found the captivating moments in everyday street scenes around the world. Marvelous post, Steve. Thank you.
Sheer poetry! Each moment you have captured is like a gem and I want to hold on to it!
Never knew Kabul has yellow Taxi too! I thought its just Kolkata 🙂
So natural and yet captivating the mundane , making it special !