Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Old brick, new hope


Facadist riot of color
London, ON, April 2008 [Click to embiggen]


Sometimes, inspiration is as close as the other side of the sidewalk.

Your turn: I often believe that buildings have stories to tell. What might the story of these buildings be?

One more thing: We're still accepting submissions for this week's Caption This contest. Click here to cue the fun. You know you want to...it's Elmo!

67 comments:

Neen said...

Love this shot, I love wandering down streets looking for interesting shots.

slouching mom said...

ahh. as a (former) city girl, i like this a lot.

Love 2B Homeschoolers said...

Nice colors and lighting. The windows make me want to peek in to find out what's going on inside.

Finally followed your link for Caption This. All this time I thought you were inviting us to name your WW photo. You must've been surprised when I named your owl weeks ago; sorry if you thought I was cursing you!

My WW photo is here if you want to check it out:
http://love2bhomeschoolersweeklymuse.blogspot.com/
search/label/Wordless%20Wednesday

Diana said...

Looks like that house in the middle saw something surprising...raised eyebrows!

the teach said...

Hi Carmi, is facadist a word? But I know what you mean... very colorful. I wonderful if the owners collaborated on the choice of colors? Happy WW! :D

FXSmom said...

Some designer got bored with drab colors...lol

Mar said...

Love it!! every window tells a story...
Happy WW! Mine is here.

Cathi said...

I love to photos of buildings. We have some great buildings from San Francisco posted in February. I enjoy your blog too.
Happy WW! Mine's is up too.

shutter happy jenn said...

Very great colors.

My wordless wednesday is now up, too.... if you have time go check it out in these links:
Memories by Jenn
Familia Khuletz and
Shutter Happenings

Thanks!

Lyn said...

great shot! happy ww

Susan said...

I love this photo! (Do I say that every week?) When I see buildings like this, I think of all the people who have lived in them and all the everyday dramas that have taken place there.

Gabriel said...

Great picture, Carmi.

My post is here. Happy WW!

Anita said...

Very pretty!

Heidi said...

Sorry... no good story today, but I love this shot.

Marsha said...

I love the color and can only imagine the many lives that played out in these buildings... who knows what drama took place inside or the emotion or creativity. One could write a short story for every window!

Have a great week and please join me here for my WW post if you can:

Just Some Thoughts

Cindy Swanson said...

I love it, Carmi! I love architecture, and I love old buildings getting fresh looks. Beautiful!

Mary Beth said...

I love that the buildings are different even though they are connected! The colors are beautiful.

Lori's Light Extemporanea said...

Oh boy...these buildings have so many stories to tell! Stories of people who lived and died there, stories of change, of joy, triumph, despair, and grief. Pictures like this just make me dream.

I've got a question to be answered over on my WW today too...come on by!

http://lorislightextemporanea.blogspot.com/2008/04/wordless-wednesday-what-ive-been-doing.html

Denise at Parenting Teens said...

A story of three friends with three very different lives brought together by living in these three houses. Great shot!

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Hi Carmi
Playing catchup again, this photo is motivating me to go and shoot some of the old buildings around our small town from early 1900s or late 1800s. They are slowly but surely tearing them down and I really need to get out there to capture them before they are gone.

Lori

Holly Schwendiman said...

I love it - it says so much about people, especially those that believe in beautifying their space in the world. Excellent share.

Hugs,
Holly

byrningbunny said...

I love the colors and textures of this shot. With this shot, you've managed to pique my curiosity, and now I wonder what is happening in each of the windows!

janeser28 said...

interesting photo!

happy ww

Dana said...

i love buildings like this!!! My brother lives in Baltimore in row house just like these...

Gretchen said...

Really neat shot! I try to look for things others would just pass by, too.

At one of the monuments in Washington DC, I got down on the ground and shot up. People looked at me like I was nuts, but as I was leaving, I noticed others doing the exact same thing. :)

Saint Lover said...

I love old buildings like that.. I often wonder what stories those walls hold as well... I took a ton of pictures of buildings when I was in New York and London, England last fall...

Carletta said...

Hi Carmi,
I would have loved to have lived in one of these at a time when people really cared about each other and looked after each other.The person on the other side was your neighbor, "part of your family," - not just another body on the other side of the wall.

I think you know Anna Carson - did you know she's doing a Project Green this week? I caught the unexpected green up in the corner of your photo.

Thanks so much for coming by my WW and leaving such a nice comment.
Happy WW to you too!

Kelly C said...

Windows make you wonder what is happening inside. Imagination runs wild and stories abound.

Nice pic.

Tink *~*~* said...

Homesick! You are reminding me of rows and rows of brownstones in Brooklyn.

My WW today is the full moon at Disney World.

Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.blogspot.com

Patty said...

Cool shot!

Emily said...

Thanks for your kind words over at my place.

I think the yellow building in the middle is feeling a bit melancholy about her bushy eyebrows. :)

Happy WW

Di said...

these buildings remind me of New York, Chicago or Boston back in the 40's and 50's

Vhiel Romion-Vance said...

great shot! im sure there is some story for this one..

Vhiel

Vhiel
Can of Thoughts
Designs By Vhiel

Pooch said...

Fantastic!! This pic speaks to me of individuality and unity.

:)

Will said...

Nice city shot! Do buildings like that share an interior wall? Or do they each have their own?

Allison said...

Wow, what a great shot! There are some areas in Pittsburgh that look a lot like that, actually. I think row houses are so charming.

Thanks for the comment on my blog, and I SO wish I had that flexibility!

Sara said...

I love the individuality of the buildings. Just like the people who inhabit them probably are!!!

Great shot! Happy WW!

Aline de Chevigny said...

OOO I recognise that area LOL

Great WW.

Aline

carrie said...

I think they tell the story of so many families who've lived there over the years.

Vered said...

Not sure about the story but it reminds me of my beloved San Francisco.

240photo said...

Very nice shot!

J&J said...

I love photos like this…..reminds me of a time when people were still part of a community…..People in today’s world want to be left to themselves…..what happened to folks just hanging out on the front porch or front stoop, in the early evenings, waving to their neighbor’s and saying “how are you today”…..neighborhood block parties, enjoying someone’s company, other than just your own.

Okay so maybe not everyone else got this from this photo.....

Thank you for stopping by the Circus!

J&J said...

I love photos like this…..reminds me of a time when people were still part of a community…..People in today’s world want to be left to themselves…..what happened to folks just hanging out on the front porch or front stoop, in the early evenings, waving to their neighbor’s and saying “how are you today”…..neighborhood block parties, enjoying someone’s company, other than just your own.

Thank you for stopping by the Circus~

June said...

A street I'd like to walk down! Thanks for visiting Spatter...

Robert said...

I love the colors and patterns here. Another great post!

My WW post is up. Please stop by and take a look.

kspin said...

Thanks for visiting my site. Come back any time! :)

Great shot btw!

Amberleigh said...

Oh I love buildings like this! And great job on capturing all its glory!

Jenn said...

I like the way they are all different. very cool photo.

Jennifer Robin said...

What a wonderful shot to see when I clicked on your link! I was born not too far from you, in Brantford. Those old row houses are one of the things I loved there; thanks for the memories.

Suzie Cheel said...

Love doors and Windows and the colors, thanks for visiting

Cherie said...

Lovely shot! Old buildings have such character.

And sweet inspiration - across the sidewalk. Love that sentiment.

Thanks for finding my site so that I can find yours here now.

Love this. I'll be back.

Juli said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice that your neighbors have good taste in paint colors.

Juli said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice that your neighbors have good taste in paint colors.

catsynth said...

Great photo! We love images of urban landscapes.`

Emma's Kat said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my Emma kitties blog!

Love this picture, the lines, colors. Does make you wonder what these buildings have seen, who has lived there. Intesting!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi! Great photo!

The Right Blue said...

Interesting photo, Carmi. It certainly looks different from where I live, though.

Happy WW, and thanks for visiting.

Bobbie

Melanie said...

Beautiful buildings. Great capture!

shiera (bisdakbabbles) said...

great shot!
I've always wanted to take a photo like this but mine always end up "unacceptable" :D

barb crews said...

Love the spirit of these homes and their owners. Looks like a great neighborhood to live in..

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CAROLYN said...

Different colors make the street more interesting.

I don't know what their thinking individually, but collectively they are probably thinking the rent's too high ;)

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

If walls could talk, I am sure they would have one heck of a story to tell!

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Carmi,
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! Love this shot~ it reminds me of walking in Charleston, SC.

I love WW! I have never taken so pictures- it has been FUN!

And, Abigail will love that picture at the dr.'s office, I am sure. Don't know if my 12 yr. old boy will appreciate his potting training pictures as much.... ;)

Nice to "meet" you!

LadyBanana said...

At first glance I thought it was London UK..

Nice shot..

Regina said...

great picture! As a former New York City girl, I have always loved the look of brownstones! I'm sure each window has a different story to tell.
BTW - Thanks for stopping by my place! I love to share my life others!
Blessings!

Shephard said...

Story of the 3 buildings.

Ray's Revenge.
Jim and Eli decided to pep up the neighborhood with some spicey Venetian colors, evoking some life and joie de vive. But because Jim never returned Ray's Paint Sprayer, Ray never spoke to him again, and purposefully painted over his Tuscan Red home to a flat ugly grey, bringing the property value down. Ray's revenge.

~S

Mercedes said...

I am soooo behind on replying to comments! Beautiful picture! I believe it is wordless-lol. I can't find the words to describe it. If I had to choose which building to live in it would be the middle one-yellow is my favorite color! Thanks so much for visiting mine

Have a great day!