Sidewalk Stories

Philippines, 2014

“On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.”
– Mark Tobey

Myanmar/Burma, 1994

“There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.”
Matthew Fox

South Africa, 1996

“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

Brazil, 2012
Kashmir, 1998

“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

USA/Mexico Border, 2016

“The sidewalks were long where I grew up.
They were as veined as the backs
Of my Grandma’s hands…”

– Colleen J. McElroy

Afghanistan, 1992

“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

Italy, 1994
Cuba, 2015

“A sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously … Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.”
– Jane Jacobs

Spain, 1995
Morocco, 1988

“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

Spain, 2018
Afghanistan, 2003
Burma/Mynamar, 2014

“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

Italy, 2021
China, 1989

“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

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Vienne, Austria

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14 replies on “Sidewalk Stories”

Dude I always dig how your pictures capture the whole story. I LOVE that about your pictures. You got the tone and meaning and vibe. I really enjoyed all of them, Mexico, Philippines, and Burma definitely got an extra high five. Thanks for sharing:)

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