Most of us will be familiar with that classic movie line, uttered by a languid Gloria Swanson, in the 1950 film noir, Sunset Boulevard. "I'm ready for my closeup Mr. Demille."
|neoclassical window entablature and pilasters|
From time to time, delightful closeups appear on my laptop screensaver as it cycles through my photo archives.
The images conjure up the moment when I first encountered a particular element - some decorative, some practical, some the best of that synergy which sees a craftsman giving his best to the creation of even the most mundane bit of a building.
They rekindle the curiosity I felt at observing interesting construction details at close range, or at recognizing an iconic bit of a particular style.
|cast iron neoclassical parapet graces concrete block store|
The images also recall the emotions I felt at seeing something well - taking in all the elements, listening for the voice of history (what was the public reaction when this structure was new, how did folks interact with it?)
|neoclassical church entrance|
|warmth of wood noted by the most discriminating critic|
|closeup: wilful neglect|
Thought I'd share some.