2013: The Year A Giant Wrecking Ball Ate Austin


It’s time for end-of-year portfolio assessments. The giant wrecking ball that’s tormented Austin for the last five years or so has yielded some major long-term losses, like Las Manitas, The Tiniest Bar in Texas, Little City, the Joseph’s mural, the Bitter End … Continue reading

Unexpected Rewards and Opportunities at Year’s End

So Long, 2013 by Jann Alexander ©2013

As the year ends, an unexpected prize is awarded to What’s Vanishing Next? and an opportunity to pay it forward is bestowed. Creative mastermind Crysta Icore, writing in Dancing with Fireflies, awarded my blog about the wrecking ball that overtook … Continue reading

Juxtapositions Tell the Story of Our Town

Too Late to Look for the Spear by Jann Alexander © 2013

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What a city of contradictions is Austin. Old butts up against the new, old is lamented when exchanged for new. The town’s a shiny magnet for newcomers, despite the fact that its quirky attractions are carelessly surplanted by faceless reflective … Continue reading

All Decked Out For the Holidays


Vanishing Austin—the ongoing photography series that tries to stay ahead of the wrecking ball—is looking pretty festive this month, at its first appearance at Austin’s annual anti-mall, shop small, holiday gift show, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar. The Blue Genie … Continue reading

Why Do Photographers Love Grunge?

Vanishing Austin_Grunge on Avenue G by Jann Alexander © 2013

For photographers, the grungier, the rustier, the more lonely a subject is—the better. We crave texture, pattern, a story. A lonely place has a story, and photographers have many stories to tell. ♦ .   .   .    Related articles … Continue reading