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15 May 2019

The medical office at Geary and Divisadero is an all-in-one location. You can see your doctor, get blood tests, get an X-ray and pick up a prescription just by riding the elevator. It's an enormous convenience.

The Ages. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm kit lens at 34mm and exposed at f8, 1/100 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Yesterday, while we were waiting for a family member to be X-rayed, we popped out our street camera and lined up a shot of an interesting display case in the waiting area.

It was a collection of items found while excavating the site for the building.

There were dolls heads (and other body parts), small figurines, plates and dishes, a bone toothbrush and some glass bottles. Garbage from another era, perhaps, but very distant from the everyday debris of modern life.

We lined the shot up against the skyline. The modern era in the background, as it were.

And to the left, the side of the display case blurred the background, reflecting a different angle as if displaying what might be seen of the past from the perspective of the present. That wouldn't have worked on the right side of the image for those of us who read left to right.

In our crop, you can only see the old bottles, a few discolored over time by the minerals in the glass. They're different sizes, like the buildings beyond them, forming their own kind of skyline. Of course, they're also appropriately medicinal.

Medical offices are not much given to poetry. But it was there when we looked.

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