Suburban Studies

image of intense peach and plum sunset over suburban grocery store and parking lot
image of intense peach and plum sunset over suburban grocery store

I am still thinking about this suburban study I want to do.

image of blue, peach and plum twilight sky over suburban parking lot with tall plaza sign in foreground

I have a bunch of ideas in my head about what I want to say and how I want it to look.

image of intense peach and plum sunset over suburban parking lot in silhouette

These are photos I took on my cell phone last Sunday when I got out to the edge of town and saw an atmosphere that was akin to what I am considering.

image of intense dark plum sunset over suburban parking lot at twilight

I know there is a lot of material out there about the affectation, the soullessness, the enforced conformity and emptiness of suburban life.

And, having grown up in the suburbs, as so many of us have, I have seen plenty of that.

image of intense dark plum sunset over suburban parking lot at twilight

But there’s also something romantic; the hopes, the modesty and the fallible humanity of this manufactured dream of “the good life” that I find extremely compelling.

There is beauty there. If you look.

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