AROUND THE BACK

The rear end of a building is not everyone's cup of tea. I think what drives my interest, aside from my love of squalor, is the fact that the front of a building represents what the owner wants you to see. It's a kind of PR. Whereas around back it's pure unadorned functionality. No phony smiles back there, no attempts to impress. Just a gaggle of trash cans, parked askew; dangling cables insinuating themselves into the building where needed; bare bolted mechanical contraptions rusting on the roof; leftover stakes and signs and cones and dirt piles, remaining untidied because who cares? Plus shiny prefab façades are just not that much fun to draw.