Bolands Flour Mills, Pearse Street, Dublin
One of the great abandoned buildings of Dublin, exhausted and decrepit as it overlooks the Grand Canal Dock. Particularly like the white drop shadow on the lettering.
The Reinmanns, Fruchtallee, Hamburg
Stolpersteine, literally ”Stumbling Stones”, are small, cobblestone-sized plaques commemorating victims of the Nazis, created by German artist Gunter Demnig. He usually positions them by the former homes of the victims, and there are now 40,000 Stolpersteine in hundreds of cities across Europe. I pass this monument to Julius and Alice Reinmann every day when I’m in Hamburg, and at the weekend saw this flower and candle laid beside it, in the wake of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. It is a profoundly moving form of remembrance.
Radio City Music Hall, Sixth Avenue, New York
An everlasting classic, this building. I took this photo as we went to get tickets for that night’s TV on the Radio concert a few years back. As we cross the street, who excitedly rushes past us but lead singer Tunde Adebimpe, who skips to the other side of Sixth Avenue and starts taking photos of the great building - so proud that his band was up in lights in the most storied venue of them all.
Fairland, Augusta Avenue, Toronto
An old sign in the heart of Kensington Market, gone nearly a decade now. It bore a few stickers, including the Bunny Boy, from the early days of the renowned Faile street art duo.
Filmtheater, Reeperbahn, Hamburg
There’s a lot of redevelopment happening on the Reeperbahn as the area is reluctantly gentrified. One building was recently torn down, revealing this evocative old sign boasting about being Hamburg’s leading cinema for 50 years, possibly hidden away for nearly as long.
Winchester, Winchester and Parliament streets, Toronto
The rickety old Winchester Hotel sign, a Cabbagetown landmark that is now gone. Apparently, Al Capone used to stay in this late 19th-century hotel while he sourced all the Canadian whisky to smuggle across the border. Now there’s a Tim Horton’s on the ground floor.