Mobile from Mobile
I have photographs of the lovely parks, modern architecture and the icons of what today’s Mobile is so proud of. Why then am I attracted to the backstory; the images of Mobile’s roots and history? There are many clues to what Mobile has lost due to urban renewal and gentrification, yet details exist. What are the foundations of culture that have been forgotten, yet have left ghosts for us to see? For three days I have walked the streets of the city looking for clues to what has been lost. Here are a few examples:
Above, the entryway floor emblem of the Three Sisters Clothing Store, today has office space for lease. There is the original Woolworth, Neisner’s, Thom McAnn...and a pentimento of the Seafarer’s Hall. The relief lettering on a condo complex was once a convent.
It is with this connection I have enjoyed my time in this city. Visiting the Marcia Gras Museum and taking a trolley tour has helped me to understand Mobile pride in custom; silently slowly walking the streets has given me clues to the history, while providing an immersive milieu for studying the graphic qualities of light and detail.