Anne-Marie Littenberg Photography

Roaming Buffalo

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I keep a visual diary of my walks.

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I don’t think buffalo ever roamed the great scrubby plains of grass and pavement I found near Buffalo, New York. This was close to my hotel during a recent visit.

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Vast empty stretches were contained by fencing, keeping me either in or out; I am not sure which.

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Homes along Slade Avenue overlook fields and pavement where there are remains of yellow-painted curbs. Were the curbs created in expectation of new development, or left behind following some tear down? One story I heard is the vast expanse was paved in hope of a football stadium being built here one day.

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Below Ridge Road, an empty quiet and lack of people felt like I was heading into terra incognita, but others clearly visit and leave their mark.

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Are we tired of the concept of finding beauty in the mundane? I am not.

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Kmart, in the distance on the right, is open for business. Inside, the store seemed as vast, empty, and littered with things I didn’t understand as outside.

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Running along the back of Kmart, powerlines and rail tracks head out of town.

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