Jul 232010
 

I’m on the train to Carinthia, it’s Friday afternoon, these are the images for yesterday, and these are also the images that I meant, when I commented on Markus Spring’s blog. For his NotSoFoBoMo book (just as I, he failed the deadline this year), he had taken images in Budapest, Hungary, and a good part of them were doors.

I found it really funny when I saw his book on a day, when coincidentally I myself had photographed almost nothing but doors.

Here are only two of my images. I had many more of the same, nothing really outstanding, so I spare you the rest. Nevertheless, it made me chuckle 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Door Peep” from SinĂ©ad O’Connor’s 2005 reggae music cover album “Throw Down Your Arms”. I have used it ages ago in “392 – Door Peep Shall Not Enter“, here it is one more time, this time with a music sample on YouTube.

  4 Responses to “1377 – Door Peep”

  1. Andreas, in a certain way the doors not only have the technical function of an entrance but also of a means of communication – inviting, repelling, snobbish or decent. So I do feel a certain fascination and often get rewarded by paying attention to the doors, especially the most modest ones like those I found in Sri Lanka. But Vienna and next to it Budapest sport an abundance of wonderfully decorated doors that still are life, showing signs of wear and tear and still do not loose their beauty. So I will now lean back and enjoy “Door Peep”!

  2. Andreas, I do envy you for living where there are so many doors that have personality. Where I live, on a suburban street in west-central New Jersey, USA, our doors are only a few generic styles and very boring.

    In this image, I love the angle of the light – just perfect for showing all sorts of textures and other interesting details, like the shadows of the wrought iron below the 2nd floor windows.

    • These houses are from between 1880 and 1900, I guess. The problem here in Europe is, that so much has been destroyed in WWII. Still, though Vienna was hit hard, it was not nearly as hard as in some German cities. But it’s the same in Italy: La Spezia, where we spent the morning in a museum, before we went on to the marble quarries of Carrara, La Spezia was always a military harbor, therefore it was bombed heavily, and the result is, that almost nothing of the historic center remained.

      And the US? Well, you have another attitude towards houses, towards staying in a place for a lifetime. I just saw images on the Boston Globe blog “The Big Picture” of houses in the mid-west hit by tornadoes. It’s all wood. It has become fashionable here among the environmentally conscious to build wooden houses, but in general we build with brick and concrete, meaning to build for a lifetime and beyond. Contrastingly, there is much more mobility in the US, and when you don’t intend to stay, you probably have less incentive to make your house distinct. You move on anyway.

      • Wood was much more plentiful on the North American continent than stone. Forests extended from the east coast to the Mississippi River. So wood was the material of choice for home builders. Today when we want something permanent, it’s built of steel and cement, not stone and brick. And the more permanent structures are office buildings, not homes or even factories.

        Today, most of the forests are long gone. So wood now comes from the west. What we’ll use for building materials when the western wood is gone, I sure don’t know. At least some wood is being recycled into plywood and pressed wood.

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