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Old barn door
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Old barn door


Exposure Date: 2012:02:11 11:19:22;
Make: Leica Camera AG;
Model: M8 Digital Camera;
ExposureTime: 1/250 s;
ISOSpeedRatings: 160;
ExposureProgram: Aperture priority;
ExposureBiasValue: -21760/65536;
MeteringMode: CenterWeightedAverage;
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode;
FocalLength: 21 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Macintosh;


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The assymetry of the door and the building itself interested me, as well as

the aged texturing and well worn paint. Comments are welcome.

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There is something vaguely familiar about that broken hinge and the worn paintwork, something from my past that I can't quite recall, but I just get that feeling of nostalgia when I view your photograph. I suspect that the image could trigger the same reaction in a number of people.  An interesting corner you found Arthur.

Best Regards


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I love the bit of window - great "find" - doors and doorways are always intriguing subjects, add in the asymmetric and it's a natural -

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Hi Alf, Mark, Marco and Michael,

Thank you for seeing something nostalgic and/or aesthetic in this image. I made several images of this 1869 barn (adjoining a B&B we stopped at during February in south-central Quebec province, where many residents hail initially from New England; the barn architecture witnesses that fact; the strap hinge and pintle could be local or US, but initially European design). This is a slightly cropped image to reinforce the composition, but the overall image was one that particularly spoke to me. It is sad to see such heritage gradually disappear from our communities. 

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This is a wonderful image for all of the reasons listed above - color, texture and the geometry of the compositions, and like the others, it really brings out a nostalgic feeling in me. I don't know if it is because I am getting older or the world actually is getting worse (shades of my father here, I realize...) but this image brings me back to a time I would like to believe was simpler. Here is a hinge that has lasted 150 years or so. I saw some hinges the other day that lasted a few years before they were trashed. And the simple elegance of the design of this hinge - they didn't have to make the wonderful spade shape on the left end - a square strap would have worked just as well - but they did. The mustard/green color of the paint stands out against the traditional white clapboards without being garrish. I am always interested in images like this that have the power to send viewers off to daydream. Thanks for sharing it -


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One of the beauties of old European and both colonial American and Canadian hinges and other ironwork pieces is their use of plant or other motifs as decoration.  Today we would have just a simple rectangular strap like hinge. That and the US colonial barn door design, with their sort of bevelled door corners, reinforce the texture and other elements that make this small scene or detail attractive to us. I guess that many of us have come at some time from a rural culture and that seems to be part of our experience, whether lived directly in our past or just sensed.

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