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Susan Sontag wrote about what she called "the chronic self-destruct quality of American experience, in which even the recent past is constantly being used up, swept away, torn down, thrown out, traded in. Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents' pots and pans—the used things, warm with generations of human touch, that Rilke celebrated . . . as being essential to a human landscape."
I find this true as St Petersburg produces a constant turnover of architecture that was older and with some charm into buildings that are all the same: glass rectangular (horizontally and vertically) boxes with no character and certainly no charm. And as a photographer I have fallen into the same pattern: replacing tech that is hardly out of its infancy for some newer (and seldom better) version.