Thursday, June 3, 2010

Looking up and looking forward

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This old roof frame is part of a 19th century stone building in
Sarona, a Tel Aviv neighborhood founded in 1871 by a group of German Templers. These old, dilapidated buildings in the heart of the city were marked for preservation in 2003. The preservation effort involved no less than picking up and moving a number of the crumbling old structures further back from a major arterial street as well as restoring both them and others. A friend and I spent a few hours this morning wandering around the renovations (under construction and not at all pedestrian-friendly, let alone open to tourists, but this is Israel so there was no fence or guard keeping us out. To the contrary, the guard we did see agreed to let me inside one of the sites to photograph as long as I promised to do it safely and quickly without bothering the workers.).
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The wider angle shots of Sarona included far too much modernity, construction equipment and dust for my taste so most of my shoot consists of small details. (So much dust in fact that I ended up processing this image with a nostalgic type texture to compensate for the fact that the
sky was dead white - thank you very much North Africa, you can have your dust back now.) I can't wait to go back once it's all renovated though, what a gem this is going to be.

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27 comments:

Dina said...

Wow, lucky you! Kol hakavod!

I love Templer houses but so far I've seen only Jerusalem's German Colony.

You made a very interesting shot.
More, more!

Heckety said...

I just love the effect you have created here. The subject matter is attractive, but you've made it look like a painting almost. Its like the roses photos in your portfolio (and shop) somehow the way you have leached the colours makes the picture timeless and incredibly beautiful.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shot. I love the texturizing you have done to it.

Your comments about Israeli security guards intrigue me. I like to photograph things and my other hobby is photography both of which has led to several meetings with private security guards who are very aggressive.

Daryl said...

has a sort of succah ... love this effect you have been using ..

Rajesh said...

That 19th century roof against the sky looks great.

Elisabeth said...

So good to find your blog again...whare have you been? Where have I been? Anyway, good capture...love the mood you have created.

Sylvia K said...

Like the others, I love the effect/texture you've used! It's terrific, Robin! Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Carver said...

What a charming shot. Looks like a painting.

EG Wow said...

I like the way you processed this. How clever of you to disguise the white sky with texture. I've never tried that...but I will. :)

Spiderdama said...

Looks like painted. Great texture and photo.
Wish you a wonderful weekend:-)

Kcalpesh said...

Awesome post! Is that a painting?

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Robin said...

Nope, not a painting - I used Photoshop to add texture (and played around with a few other things).

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Beautiful p0st.

ewok1993 said...

the trick you applied to this image is fabulous. great job.

Eaglesbrother said...

Great shot...and you made it look almost like a watercolor painting.

Carletta said...

Must agree, the processing is wonderful. I love the painted effect it gives.
Nicely done Robin!

eden said...

It's beautiful.Looks like a painting. I love the texture you did to the picture.

SandyCarlson said...

This is incredible, Robin. I love the effect. Timeless and beautiful and so well done.

kaye said...

very delicate :)

Manang Kim said...

I thought this is a painting, it's just marvelous the texture and the color are great. Happy weekend!

SWF~Dark clouds

bichonpawz said...

The effect is amazing! Love it!

By the way....I meant to tell you that my husband used to live in Ringwood...I believe that's near where you used to live??

Frida said...

I love the way you have presented this and the textures applied.

Yaelian said...

I often pass Sarona and those buildings! What a great shot Robin!

Dianne said...

I love how it looks like a wonderful painting!

Minnesota Mamaleh said...

it's already a gem, friend. already a gem indeed! well done, lady :)

maryt/theteach said...

Robin, this shot is incredible! I love it and the texture you applied! :) I'm working on my Summer Stock Sunday post right at this moment...

Mojo said...

This almost looks like it should be a Japanese block print. Enchanting!

Here we'd have been chased away by the guard rather than ushered in. I guess that's the hazard of living in the Land of the Lawsuit. *sigh*

Great work!