Saturday, January 30, 2010

Spanish Apartments [5]

[5] apartments in barcelona, spain.

unfortunately, this is one of the few photos of barcelona that i copied onto my computer before i lost my camera in paris.

i took so many photos is both barcelona and paris, of the sights, the people and the architecture, but i lost my camera on my last day before i went to the alps.

goodbye photos of modernist materpieces of architechture with undulating windows and doors.

goodbye eiffel tower

goodbye parisian shutters in montmarte

should be thankful that at least some photos of spain were salvaged.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poland no's [2] [3] and [4]

[2] southern poland. (piaski, sosnowiec)
if it wasn't for the language... would have sworn it was south america. not that i've been to south america. it's just what i imagine it's like. (but with more sunshine, perhaps).

the bars on the windows may be a bit much, since the shop only sells pepsi, coke, drinks, wine and beer. (or so the sign says).

[3] crooked house in warsaw

love this house in the warsaw 'old' town. 'old' in parentheses because this house cannot be more that 65 years old. the entire old town was completely destroyed in world war two (during the warsaw uprising) and rebuilt entirely on donations from the people of poland. it was completed in 1997, although rebuilding started just after the war.
i love the 'dutch' style (well, i call it dutch style) accents on the roof, and the pretty wrought iron bars on the bottom two windows. i never thought window bars could be pretty...

[4] red windows in nikiszowiec

you can't see it on this photo that well (must work on my digital retouching skills), but the windows on the historic 'familoki' buildings in the silesia region are painted bright red. red is a very auspicious colour in slavic cultures. in imperial russia, the word for 'red' and 'beautiful' was one and the same. in silesia, red windows are meant to bring good fortune. although these buildings usually housed/still house low-income tennants and are usually outside of the city limits (nikiszowiec is just outside katowice), they are being beautifully restored (read: gentrified) to preserve their historical importance.

Looking Back/Starting Fresh

number [1]

the view out of my aunt's window, poland

I love this photo. It always feels like home in this apartment.

I was born in southern Poland, almost 21 years ago.

I spent many christmas's here, many birthday and many sleepless jet-lagged mornings.

Although I don't live there anymore, and find most of the region depressing, this photo fills me with nostalgia, and a pensive kind of happiness.

It may not be worth much, photographically, but it was where I started the year, and where I want to start this project.