This is a transom. Those numbers are hand painted from at least a hundred years ago. I did a mini-photowalk with a friend and this was one of my favorites. I’ve cropped it at a 10:4 ratio, which is good for panoramic prints. I’m thinking about printing this one for the condo. I’ve got thousands of images at my disposal and I’m paralyzed about printing. Inexplicable.

Thanks to Patrick for the inspiration to shoot this place, even if it was only for a few minutes.

  • http://www.ryanwaddell.com Ryan Waddell

    I hear you on the paralysis.  I really need to work on my workflow, to actually start USING more of my photos.  Posting them online, printing them, etc.  But I’ll go out and take a couple hundred photos (at a friend’s wedding, a day out with the kids, etc), copy them over and then just get paralyzed at the thought of going through them all, picking the ones that I like, tweaking them, etc.  Things were so much less stressful when I just took the pictures, and posted them straight from camera.  Before I knew about things like RAW, white balance, composition, and exposure.

  • darbypow

    Hi Jon, I love this picture. Is this print available for sale or am I just missing it?

    • http://blurbomat.com/wordpress/ blurb

      I messed up my settings. You should see a link to purchase now. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! On the days that I have the girls, it can get a little hectic.

  • americanrecluse

    Oh, I love this, and these in general. This reminded me – in the town where I used to live a building that was squashed in between two other buildings was demolished, and you know what they found? One of the buildings left standing had once been a hardware store, and there was a huge window with the name of the store hand painted on it – unbroken. It had just been sandwiched between two layers of wallboard and forgotten, then unearthed. Gorgeous.

    • http://blurbomat.com/wordpress/ blurb

      In my childhood neighborhood, one of our neighbors did all of the gold leaf (gold color?) lettering for the emergency response vehicles. I remember watching him work out in the front of his house for days, hand lettering each character. I don’t think I’ve ever put it together until just now that watching him might have been my first exposure to type glyphs, x-height, descenders, bowls, serifs, etc. His work was fantastic. Until the early 80s when the style was to move to a sans serif that had zero panache for emergency vehicles. 

      OMG, I WAS AN ART DIRECTOR at 10 years old.

      • americanrecluse

         Wow. I totally would have been that little kid, hunkered down watching for hours. It’s amazing what you can take in when you watch and listen and watch some more, and all the ways you learn how to think when you don’t realize you’re learning.

  • jade771

    I love this photo!

  • Bluestalking

    So cool! Awesome sauce photo.

  • Katherine Allred

    Now I’m going to be on the look out for this transom around town. It’ll stick in my head until I figure it out whether I want it to or not.

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