Is this an interesting image? Well, in color it certainly was not. In B&W? Maybe.
This is a cheap apartment building with a nice facade, especially in this late light. I’ve seen some apartment floor plans, and they are all the same and among the worst.
Basically you have a small balcony that is the width of the whole apartment. The balcony is on the short side of a long, narrow room with no other windows. Then, in the middle of the apartment there is a bathroom without windows at all, followed by another long room with its only windows on the far side. Basically the apartments are a series of stacked tubes. It does not help either, that the balconies face a loud and busy street. Horrible.
I was pretty sure I’d taken that image before. It took me a while to find it and when I did, I recognized that the other image was much more dramatic and arguably better. Well, that boils down to the difference between 9 mm vs 17 mm I guess 🙂
While I write this post, I’m on the train from Vienna to Carinthia. A week ago, at the exactly same time, I sat on the same early train, talking to my sister, both wondering whether we would arrive in Klagenfurt to see our father still alive. My sister left the train in Klagenfurt while I went on to Villach, fed the cats, took the car and drove down to Klagenfurt again. She made it, I didn’t. When I arrived, he had been dead for half an hour.
A week and an hour ago I had my last conversation with him, a few words on the phone. It’s dizzying to think about it.