Time Capsules: A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota
A path with trees
A building by a grassy field
A line of houses along a street
A child riding a bicycle

Photography has a curious way of encapsulating and immortalizing what might otherwise be a fleeting moment. Contemporary architectural photography is often devoid of people, sometimes placeless and gives a sense that the structures exist outside of time. While processing hundreds of photos for  A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota, these uncropped, raw, pre-published versions of the architectural photography struck me as time capsules, outside the norms of architectural photography. Even knowing the intended use, there still seem to be more questions than answers in these photos. Some capture people or places during everyday moments like sprinklers watering a lawn or filling up a battered hatchback at a quaint gas station. Some are dated by non-architectural objects like automobiles and signs, and some imply movement while others are hauntingly still. Moments of happenstance frozen in time.

Fifth in a series, this photo-post was inspired by A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota, published in 1977 as a supplement to University Gallery's Bicentennial exhibition The Art and Architecture of Minnesota.

An old theater
A line of houses along a street
Several storefronts
A small gas station
A museum front
The roof of a house
The front of a building by a grassy field
A path surrounded by trees leading to a church
A child riding a bike past a storefront
Mickeys dining car