I am a “collector” of photographic images of old doors and windows. Wherever I travel about on photo trips I am always on the look out for anything unique in those categories. Here is one such image I made recently. Other than the colorful paint, the fact that the window shutters and frame appear to have been constructed long ago by hand, made the window stand out to me. Whenever I make such images, I wonder as I am “looking in” with my camera, whether or not a pair of eyes are “looking out” at me. Spooky in a way, and I sometimes imagine the wispy curtains moving slowly…thinking who knows what lurks behind. Whatever, I got a nice image!
Category Archives: Architecture
Here are two examples of the sort of architectural details seen frequently in America early in the 20th Century…but hardly today. I found an old bank building which has now been converted into a community activity center, and even in that capacity it seems to be rarely used today. There were a couple of aspects of the building that caught my eye. First, the tall roman columns on the front of the building, capped by intricate scroll work as seen in the first photo below. The second was the flooring inside the building seen in the second photo. I assume that the separation between the octagonal ceramic tiles and the worn pine flooring was where the banks’s service counter once stood. I wonder how many customers waited in line at the location where I focused my camera, through the front window of the building. We certainly have an interesting past in the United States…if we’ll just look for it.
One of our more “yard friendly” neighbors is always putting some sort of ornament in her front yard. A couple of days ago while on my “health walk” I spotted this pink bird house, hung nicely off a limb on a pink flowered dogwood tree. I did not have my camera with me that day, but today on my walk I did. So…you get to see what I saw…a pink and thus far vacant bird house. Made for a nice photo.
Here is another of my favorite objects on which to focus my camera lens. Given that this weather vane was positioned high on top of a Victorian-style house in Martinsville, VA, use of my telephoto lens at maximum 200mm setting was mandatory. Unfortunately, the vane is distorted by the angle of view from so far below, but regardless it contrasted quite well with the clear blue sky. First time I’d seen a “rooster” as center part of the device.
I never seem find a church building that I can’t find some architectural aspect which attracts my eye photographically. In this case, I was standing across the street from this Baptist Church in Martinsville, VA looking up at the spires. What attracted my eye was the manner in which all the roof “lines” and “angles” came together in a great composition…to me at least. I especially liked the positioning of the cross in the photo.
Many photographers may see things that others may not. I suppose I am that way and no matter where I am, I keep looking for interesting views that might make for a good photo. Of course, you have to have your camera handy to record what you see at a given moment in time. Isn’t at what this is all about? Sharing what you see with others through photos?
I have driven by this house sitting a short distance off a main road numerous times, and liked the bright green metal roof contrasting with the yellow paint on its foundation and brickwork. So, I recently stopped to make some close-up images and after I did I came to different conclusions.
First, the owners used a nice paint scheme to make the simple house look better, as in the first image. But if you look at the close-up of the eagle on the chimney, you’ll note they did a bit of sloppy paint work. Poor guy has a big gob of paint on his head and lots more on his wings and tail! Once again, two views of the same subject tell a better story photographically. Far away, everything looks good, close up not so good. Still, only a person like me would notice the details on the eagle anyway, because to get the shot I had to use my telephoto lens. Main point…the house looks better overall and that’s what counts.
This photo represents my entry into the Letter “B” Contest of the Week. Kidding aside, the cupola sits atop the originai Bassett, Virginia High School…now closed and converted into a community facility…and the “B” stands for…? The intricate scrollwork around the letter was what caught my attention…plus the cupola itself backed by the bright blue sky.