Saturday, December 09, 2006

Columnar


Columns and light [Click to render image more closely to your retina]

Not a day goes by when we shouldn't be inspired by something. I walk through these columns every morning on my way into a building that can only be described as a lovingly restored example of a past none of us ever got the chance to witness. But as you step through this building, you can almost hear whispers of what it must have been like over a century ago when these elements were first built.

The irony that our raison d'etre is to research the latest technologies in use by modern businesses is not lost on me. It's another one of those neat things I keep in the back of my mind as I work my way through another professionally challenging day.

Your turn: Does architecture speak to you? How?

15 comments:

srp said...

Here from Michele this time.
Columns like these take me back to Italy and Rome and the Forum. They say strength, faith, trust, and safety.
Also love you have another black and white shot. I think architecture is best in black and white.

scrappintwinmom said...

I tend to veer toward older buildings in terms of studying architecture. I always wonder about the history of the building, the people who used to inhabit it, what it must have been like to walk through the doors when the building was new. Guess that's why I love older houses - brand new cookie-cutter houses just have no soul IMHO.

Dirt Digger said...

The day architecture speaks to me, I'll have myself commited!

Great pic, Carmi!

Catherine said...

Architecture speaks to me most when I can connect it to people - especially to my family history. I do like the old stone Gothic revival style buildings that we have here - the style was popular when the city was established around the 1850s - 1870s.
Here from Michele's today

kenju said...

I am on my way to a party, Carmi, so I can't go into it fully. I love architecture, preferably old, and especially columns like those, which also take me back to Italy, rome and the Forum. Such a sense of ancient history - and it carries over into the columns, which are symbolic of it.

Michele sent me.

Thumper said...

If I had the money, I'd buy one of those old, old houses with the columns and the front porch that runs the lenth of the whole house...Modern architecture is nice, but it's like there's something missing, and there's a sameness to it all.

Anonymous said...

I love how you look at things and capture them in your special way. I find I now do the same thing.

You inspire me to go out and look at things in a whole new way!

Michele sent me this time...but you know that I am here all the time as I am your #1 fan!!

Karen said...

Oh, very much so. It sets the mood for the building. Architects are amazing and I can't imagine how they can create what they do!

Stopping by via Michele's today. Hope you're well.

Theo said...

recently heard about the book "Architecture Of Happiness." It focuses on the value of well planned and intentioned art-architecture. i'm looking forward to the read.

Michele sent me.

Wordnerd said...

Oh, absolutely. I work in a horrendous building, built at the height of the 70's, with asymmetrical lines and minimalist stylings...GAH!!! I find myself staring out the window at the completely restored courthouse across the street -- stately and beautiful. I guess the upside is that if I didn't work in the 'ugly' building, I couldn't stare out the window at the beautiful one, right?

Here from Michele's, enjoying the photos and company this evening.

kontan said...

I love it! I'm fascinated by doors. The doors on an old home or building speak volumes.

Old buildings have character. I look around at many of the examples of modern day and wonder what we are saying to future generations.

Anonymous said...

i love this shot. i am always taking pix of random architectural elements.
michele sent me today. :)

kenju said...

Michele bade me return, Carmi, and I just posted a photo "in the spirit of Carmi".

Snaggle Tooth said...

This Architecture says, you studied these styles in Art History- I believe those are Greek Columns n Cornises! (The Romans copied them) Where are the interior Barrel-Vaults?

Terri said...

These columns remind me of the courthouse in Salem, Mass...another very old structure. Great shot.
And yes...all old buildings speak to me. They allow me to immerse myself in a gone-by era and for a few brief moments resonate with the past.
Here from Michele this time....