Lots of buildings in Chicago have – or used to have – water towers, large wood barrel things on the roof, an early fire suppression system. A Chicago photographer noticed these beginning to disappear and did a photo series of them. He published a whole book of them.
The water containers are indeed coming down, as they begin to fall apart on their own, people have them taken apart, but for whatever reason, the metal support structures are usually left behind.
It amused me to see that support platform being used for the very modern purpose of a satellite dish!
Here’s a picture of a water tower still in place, if you’re from outside Chicagoland and haven’t seen them:
These are both from my photo series, View Through the Windshield, where I take photos from the car, while pulled over, literally through the windshield or side window. Sometimes, if it’s safe to do so, I’ll stop and get out of the car, but most of these pictures are taken from the drivers seat. The point is to make creativity a part of every day, even if all I can do is take a few quick pictures on my way to the grocery store.
Want to see more? There are more on this blog and my other one, All Things Metal Clay, plus a whole Portfolio of them under Portfolio.