Monday, April 19, 2010

Into The Deep, Dear Silence

“`Guess now who holds thee?' - `Death', I said, but there / The silver answer rang, . . . `Not Death, but Love.'” --- Elizabeth Barrett Browning


This is another local derelict house, sitting back off a side road almost hidden by trees. My eye caught just a glimpse of it as we rode by, and there followed another of those turn-around-and-go-see moments. On the left side of the drive, not included in this shot, were two large trees covered in wisteria. The house itself was starting to fall apart; doors hanging off hinges, a portion of the roof caved in on the other side; sheds with clanging doors; a "For Sale" sign in the front yard. I tried to edit it in a way that would restore it to life. Maybe this is something of the way it looked at one time, when people who loved the place were going to and fro. I can picture a lady walking out the side door and going over and cutting some wisteria blossoms to place on the kitchen table. The deep, dear silence.

(original photo)

(edited in Topaz Simplify 3 and Nik Color Efex 3)

(further edited in Picnik with Infrared Film option)

(additional original photos, unedited ... to show the condition of the house)


(the wisteria blooming by the driveway)

5 comments:

Betty April 19, 2010 at 5:28 AM  

I hate seeing run down houses like that don't you Frances. What would the families who once lived there think if they could see what has become of the house they once loved and cherished. You did a beautiful job on the editing.

Bren April 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

"The Deep Dear Silence" that line so fits what you do with your phots of the tattered remains of what use to be. You've a great eye and creative instincts with your artistic photography. I love the images on your other blog as well although I've not left comments there as yet. So moving!

Bonnie April 20, 2010 at 6:59 AM  

Another beautiful find! Ahhh I adore your little gems. :)


Hope you have a lovely week Frances!!

xoxo,
Bonnie

momma-nance April 21, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

Frances where is this house? I'm wanting to search realtor.com to see how much it costs. It'd sure be a project to restore it but you've given a glimpse of how beautiful it could be. It'd be a shame for it to keep on falling apart.

Pauline April 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

Beautiful pictures and soooo stunning editing, Frances! Wow!

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