Wednesday, March 21, 2007
If wood could talk
Guardian of the past
London, Ontario, February 2007 [Click to enlarge]
Big old staircases in big old mansions that have been around for over a century seem to wear their histories firmly on their ornately carved surfaces. As I crouch on the bottom of the staircase and focus in on the base of the first post that anchors the handrail, I wonder about the scratches and gouges, and how they bear witness to a history that I can only begin to imagine.
I wonder if newer architecture prompts similar pondering. As I put the camera away, I decide it doesn't. Why is that?
Your turn: Why is modern architecture seemingly unable to elicit the same kind of emotional response? A hundred years from now, will our descendents get on the floor of today's buildings for close-up photography and reflection?