Thursday, February 21, 2008

Picture Perfect~~~Shadow

As you can see, the word shadow has several meanings. I've highlighted the ones that, to me, fit with this picture.
Pronunciation:
\ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English shadwe, from Old English sceaduw-, sceadu shade
Date:

before 12th century

1: partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body2: a reflected image3: shelter from danger or observation4 a: an imperfect and faint representation b: an imitation of something : copy5: the dark figure cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the rays from a source of light6: phantom7plural : dark 1a8: a shaded or darker portion of a picture9: an attenuated form or a vestigial remnant10 a: an inseparable companion or follower b: one (as a spy or detective) that shadows11: a small degree or portion : trace12: a source of gloom or unhappiness13 a: an area near an object : vicinity b: pervasive and dominant influence14: a state of ignominy or obscurity

I took this picture one day in Dec.  This house sits in our small town.  Unoccupied, slowly disintegrating and rotting away.  In all my years here, I don't ever remember seeing anyone at this house.

I haven't been able to find out much about the history of the house.  It seems it's tied up in an estate and can't be sold.  Those that it belongs too  have just abandoned it.  I think that's so sad. 

To me, it's a beautiful old house that has so much potential.  So much of the original work is still there.  Around the roof and across the porch.  With time and care and a whole lot of money, I guess, it could be so beautiful.

I always wonder about the shadows in the house.  The memories inside the walls.  Was there love and laughter here?  Were there times of family gatherings, with voices of those inside, echoing throughout the walls?  Did children play in the yard while, parents, aunt's uncles and Grandparents looked on?

If I can ever find out who owns it, I want to go inside.  Places like this intrigue me.  It would be interesting to see what's inside and the internal structure.  And to see what shadows haunt the rooms of this place.

The picture above is my original picture.  It's been cropped a little.  I also changed it to a sepia tone.  Not sure which one I like best.  I'm posting it here.  Same picture (is that cheating)?

For more on picture perfect click here....

80 comments:

  1. if the walls could talk.. I love old houses.. they have a story to tell. Very beautiful picture! great post!

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  2. hey Lindy was almost here first :) and lol I love wordy people. You did great on this one. I place the house circa late 1890 t turn of century. Living in the largest national historic landmarks city in the nation I have worked on many of the houses in much worse condition. The house would be lovely restored to her former grandeur. You have a great eye and an artist soul and the inquisitiveness of an explorer. great entry this weekjgh


    http://jgaryhillstudio.multiply.com/journal/item/66/Picture_Perfect_Shadow_Theme

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  3. i love the both BW and sepia..

    me too wondering who lived there before..
    nice job on the theme Linda, a different one

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  4. Great b&w. If the house is abandoned wouldn't it become owned by the state at some pt? anyway- mine is up.

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  5. did i see this house before on movie something??
    cool!!

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  6. Very original shot. Looks like one of these old postcards! lovely.

    Mine is up, too

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  7. Great job Linda, I love the photo in B&W, seems like the house had its best time and now waiting for a miracle to happen, hopefully soon.

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  8. Reminds me of my grandmother and grandfather's old house. I agree with Chris, I love b&w photos. Great shot and take on the theme.

    Thanks for the vist to my post.

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  9. Great job Linda, both the words and the images.
    I think the starkness of the B/W shows its neglected, decaying side. It has a cold feel to it, whereas the sepia, being warmer is maybe more reminiscent of the happier times that you talk of.
    There is a way to find out about such things - owner, etc.
    If I don't get back to you on it, PM me to remind me.

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  10. Very interesting blog! Your image is fine, I prefer the last one, and words...so well writen.
    The shadows of past time :)

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  11. fantastic photo and an interesting blog to read too. abandoned houses always get me thinking, wanting to know the story behind the facade
    http://viviennek.multiply.com/journal/item/73/Picture_Perfect_SHADOW

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  12. I like that house.. also nice shot...
    thx u for visited my website ;)

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  13. I love this house! I want to see inside it too, go back in time and see who lived there.....

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  14. Don't cha love the discovery? This is a great take on the theme...I hope you find some of the history. This reminds me alittle of Fried Green Tomatoes and that Andy Griffith show where Barney has to go peek inside and stuff happens! Anyway, sorry about the bunny trail...nice job!

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  15. I like both versions, although I tend to prefer black and white over sepia tones.

    It's been a long time since I've had to look up parcel information, so I'm not sure what's public information any longer. Some years ago, you could go to the city/county planning offices and request details about specific parcels on platt maps -- the owners of record used to be public information.

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  16. Great shots. I liked both. That house looks like it's from a Stephen King novel. Excellent.

    http://mitchylr.multiply.com/journal/item/63/Picture_Perfect_SHADOW

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  17. They often say if walls could talk, but in this case I would like to hear the murmurs of shadows. I once wrote a short story called The Old House, bit eerie and dark. This photo reminds me of it somewhat, but in my story, once you go inside, there is no coming out. LOL ... so if you ever do get the chance to see what's on the other side of the shadows, be careful ... be very careful ... grinning ... great eye for detail though ... kudo's!

    ... thanks for your comments by the way 8=)

    http://danceinsilence.multiply.com/journal/item/142/Picture_Perfect_Friday_..._Shadows_

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  18. looks very spooky to me ... i'd avoid it like the plague lol

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  19. Hei Linda

    I like both the photos very much,
    but maybe, the sepia is 'kinder' to the house...
    Great take. Keep so well. Rii :)

    My entry is up @ this addy:
    http://riihele.multiply.com/journal/item/630/PICTURE_PERFECT_SHADOW

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  20. Cool old house! I love taking photos of old houses like this and love exploring them.
    http://wyldstorm.multiply.com/journal/item/694/Picture_Perfect_-_Shadow

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  21. I like the b/w the best but the sepia makes it look even older which is also good. I grew up in an old country house similar to this. Fixed up it would be beautiful. Nice pictures (versions).
    http://busterp.multiply.com/journal/item/30/Picture_Perfect_Shadow_play

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  22. I love old farm houses! I am with you, I see all the intricant details that were put into it and could be restored! Awesome!

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  23. Sepia gives it a 'Walton's' look.. where B&W give it a 'Munsters' look lol.. both fantastic! :)

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  24. This is stunning -- I'm such a house-freak and I would love to fix one up like this! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. This is such a beautiful post..... It does make you wonder about the shadows in these old homes... we have become modernized and don't appreciate the beauty in something like this.. I love it. Thank you for sharing.. your take on the theme is fantastic.

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  26. I would love to get hold of this house and spend time on it. Put it back to its original features.

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  27. If I had a large bank account and could choose between a brand new house with all the lastest and best finishings, or an old house like this that needed a lot of time, hard work and money, I'd pick the old house without a second thought. There's so much character and charm.

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  28. I like the sepia tones. Makes it look more like an old print. I'm glad to see that the windows are intact and It hasn't been broken into. So often, homes like this are targets of vagrants and teens looking for trouble. It is a beautiful home. Can you imagine the stories it has to tell?

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  29. I love it Linda - I want to look round it!

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  30. I like both pictures.
    thank you for dropping by at mine

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  31. It looks like such a lovely, wee house and that porch certainly is inviting, a great place to sit with one's feet up and watch the world go by.

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  32. What a beutiful house I can imagine you would like to know more about it And yes like anothersaid "If walls could speak" I think they have much to tell
    Thanks for seeing my picture and the comment

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  33. Beautiful pic I love old houses like this it makes you want to refurbish it to see it new again.

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  34. omg, i love places like this... i could spend an afternoon just shooting this... awesome!!!

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  35. LOL, I guess I'm not the only one carrying on a love affair with abandoned houses!
    Personally, I prefer the sepia tone and, if I hit the Powerball this week, I'll be right down to buy it, then a whoooooole bunch of us will retore it. And, THEN, we are going to sit on that beautiful porch in the evening and listen to bug music and the sound of children laughing. Deal?

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  36. I prefer the sepia tone myself.

    And hell, I've lived in worse places. It's a pity that people just abandon old houses, says a lot about our throw away society.

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  37. beautiful and awesome shot. Thanks for sharing.
    I have also participated on this theme this week (Shadow) and have posted two photographs and blog at following links-
    http://jayaramanms.multiply.com/journal/item/72/PICTURE_PERFECT_-_SHADOW... and http://jayaramanms.multiply.com/journal/item/73
    Please visit and comment.

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  38. I wonder about the history of that old house....who lived there, etc. Nice take on the theme.

    http://karen21445.multiply.com/journal/item/163/Picture_Perfect_-_SHADOW

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  39. Well I love your images both in fact and I would have been tempted to take a shot of that once was wonderful old dwelling. I am so glad that you enjoyed the old ford on my post and thanks for telling me about your story of the meet at your work of the golden oldies.

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  40. No... not cheating! LOL!! I like the second one better. Gives that old feeling... heehee! Yeap! That is indeed a lovely house. It's sad to see such beautiful house wasted just like that, when there are so many around who desperately need a home... Thank you for sharing!

    Mine is up too!
    http://rruzie.multiply.com/journal/item/88/Picture_Perfect_-_SHADOW

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  41. Sooo COOL !!!
    I'm more interested in what you write, than in what you're showing in the picture.
    Great thoughts you have there, Linda. You really are a very sensitive lady. I love your post (^.^)v

    Thx for stopping by at mine.
    Have a fun weekend there (^_^)v

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  42. I like places like this too! I think every town has one... It made me think of so many memories it has in the past. Thank you for sharing - great take!

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  43. I love this old house......awesome capture there...

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  44. shadow also has a meaning : shelter in which sense this particular house should have given shelter to generations am i right?
    Thanks for shadowing me

    Your visit to my participation is appreciated
    http://shankarg.multiply.com/journal/item/44/2008-m040-Picture_Perfect_-_Shadow_-_20_Feb_13_30_Chennai_India
    ShankarG♥2♥

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  45. That's so gorgeous, looks like the perfect setting for a horror movie. Very eerie and atmospheric, great shot :)

    http://tallyknight.multiply.com/journal/item/37/Picture_Perfect_-_Shadow

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  46. oh to bad...what a lovely house just be abandon...anyway great shot n pic Linda as aslways...
    have a good one.

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  47. I bet it was a beautiful place to live at one time. Looks like a quaint little house. Great photo!

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  48. The sepia effect fits the age of the house. It looks like it was once a very warm (atmoephere) place to live. Iove that style.

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  49. This poor house is certainly a shadow of its former beautiful self. What a shame indeed.
    I love the sepia tone photo best. Great post.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on mine.

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  50. I agree with you. I think this house should be renovated. I bet it's gonna be grand. So thoughful of you taking this picture. Marvelous words.
    http://dianadji.multiply.com/journal/item/361/The_Snowflake_Shadow_-_S_H_A_D_O_W

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  51. Poor house... a shadow of what it used to be. Seems like in every town there's one of these houses. I'm also curious about them and imagine the same things as you -- what did it look like when it was new and happy? Who lived there? What's it like inside?

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  52. Wonderful photo, Linda... and the story brings many images in my mind. I love architectural themed photographs... this especially reminds me of that Samuel Jackson/Christina Ricci movie "Black Snake Moan".

    If you have a moment, please stop by my entry at: (http://oarafn1.multiply.com/journal/item/25) Have a terrific weekend.

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  53. Old homes do tend to draw you in to their unique and mysteriousness. Wonderment and awe... I love the photo. There is a home outside of town where I live that now has finally had the roof collapse, but the same thing here... the family owns it in an estate; so therefore' nothing has ever been done to it. It is on US route 20, so many hitchhikers have stayed there for shelter over the years. This past year the roof caved in and is now way beyond repair. Growing up when we passed it in the car we always called it the ghost house because no one ever lived there. I asked my ex if the fire dept could use it as practice for a controled burn, but for the same reasons as your house remains emppty, they cannot burn the wood panels that are just laying mostly on the ground now as it still belongs to someone... I do love the picture tho'... Thank you for visiting mine... lilangelwolf
    http://lilangelwolf.multiply.com/journal/item/181/Picture_Perfect-_Shadow

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  54. I love this take on the theme! I would love to redo a house like that. It is beautiful! Like you, I wonder about the lives that lived there... if walls could only talk.

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  55. Oh wow - I love older houses as well and I get a little heartbroken seeing some of them change slowly through the years. I really love the sepia one - it seems more poignant.

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  56. Great pic...it looks like it was such a pretty house in it's day...it would be fun to find out more about it!

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  57. nahh, it's not cheating. :) I love this shot. At first I thought it was a house near Thomasville.. This is such a beautiful place... but just a shadow of it's former self.
    Your words make me think of the song "This Old House" by Tony Rice (bluegrass) it suits this shot perfectly!

    Hugs...thanks for coming by mind..

    http://serenole.multiply.com/journal/item/58/Picture_Perfect_Shadow_

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  58. Love it, Love it, Love it....did i say i love this shot....You are a pro...this shot is great.

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  59. Thank you Thank you Thank you. LOL I always did love me camera. Now, I have a really cool one.

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