I have amassed a collection of photographs numbering in the multiple tens of thousands. A substantial portion of them lack beauty, or at least visual aesthetic quality. But that is more an artifact of purpose than a lack of effort; many of those photos were taken to illustrate an idea, capture an unusual juxtaposition, to pose or perhaps even resolve an empirical question.
I’m going to begin posting them here, observation by observation, plus contextual information.
Sometimes, by observing only the base of something, it is possible to know concretely what is on top of it. Green shingle bits and black tar fragments from the Minard Hall gutters betray a green-shingled roof above.