Blues from the Attic

Attic Blues

(1/100, f4.5, iso-400, 10mm)

 The old staircase in a friend´s house in Centenera in the Spanish Pyrenees.
The same place were Elvis was still going strong in this previous post.


88 thoughts on “Blues from the Attic

    • Thats very kind of you to say, Ian! Sorry for the late reply, have to pick up blogging again after moving from Spain to Malaysia…
      Same goes for finding subjects to photograph 😉
      Have a great 2014, Ron.

  1. I can safely say that your use of the wide angle lens is by far the best I have seen!! The perspective you provide is really so refreshingly different! Love them and yes, I have learnt so much by viewing them!

    • Woww, thats so flattering to hear, thanks very much! I was so happy to have these amazing subjects in Spain…
      Now have to find new interests and hopefully my wide shots will do them justice.
      All the best for 2014 and thanks again for your support, much appreciated!
      Greetings, Ron.

    • Thanks, Maria, the light in early morning coming thru the window made me photograph at that time and couldnt resist the textured rough wood underneath the stairs too. Glad you like it, all the best, Ron.

    • Thanks for looking so profoundly, John, it was the first thing i wanted in the compostion; i liked the fact that the shadows of the window-bars made the perfect divison on the shutter as well…
      Greetings, Ron.

    • Thanks, Jean, you are totally right. I end up with my widest view in places like this lots of times, love that lens 😉
      The textures and grunge of these places is an endless inspiration for me, so much to see in those peeled walls…
      Hope all is well, greetings, Ron.

    • Thanks a lot, it was so nice to spent some time with this staircase and find out how it wanted to end up on my photo 🙂
      Have a great day, Ron.

  2. When you say a friend’s house — does the friend own it? Live in it? Is it habitable? Or as your tag suggests, abandoned?
    The photo is impossibly gorgeous. The colors are yummy, they make me salivate. But is that also the photo and your treatment of it, or the everyday reality I’d see if I were there?
    On its own merits the photo is an unqualified success, but it leaves me with all these questions. No doubt they’re caused by longing — I would love my reality to partake of such qualities.

    • Thanks so much for the compliment and your interest, Judith! This is one of two houses this friend of mine bought around 15 years ago in an old abandoned village, first thing he did was repair the roof of both so they wont crumble more. This one I slept in a couple of times when i first went there, but no kitchen or bathroom or anything, the other is renovated in the old style (and thats where he lives) and this one is being renovated as we speak. I wanted to spent some time photographing it, especially the staircase, before it starts, although knowing him he will renovate it beautifully (having heard the plans)!
      The photo is exactly as it is/ was, didnt do much about it. I dont alter my color photos much (except some cropping, detail, white balance, exposure), so yes and no, it was like this, but if you visited it now it will be ´under construction´ 😉
      Hope all is well and thanks for your support and interest, greetings, Ron.

    • Thank you, Paula! Since the first time about 10 years ago I went to this friends house I slept here with the swallows and the holes in the floor and the old kitchen and always stayed in love with it, the staircase is indeed a great object to discover!
      Greetings, Ron.

        • Swallows were great to have around, great couple 😉
          Sadly they have to find a new home after 15plus years as my friend is currently renovating the house!

            • haha, yeah they will be fine, lots of places to make a new nest around, unfortunatel the place doesnt even have an address, for the 30 or so houses, mostly ruins, theres only 1 mailbox for the whole village 😉

    • Thanks, lynn, i wanted the quick viewers to be wondering what the title was about, so hopefully make them view it a bit better 😉
      Hope all is well, greetings, Ron.

    • Gracias, Noeline, had time to explore lots of different perspectives, but although this one maybe contains a ot of elements, they were all very intrigueing i thought. All the best, Ron.

  3. Beautiful! The angle of the photograph really emphasizes the massiveness of the wood and I feel like I could reach out and touch the peeling stucco. An amazing world you live and create in!

    • Hola Meg, the wood was something i wanted in there for its great textures and decaying paint and close enough to almost touch it 😉
      Thanks so much for your enthousiasm and comments, all the best to you, Ron.

    • Wow, thats a lot, thanks, David, personally i found it a bit daring with so many stuff going on, but hopefully the viewer will be interested enough to explore em 😉
      Greetings, Ron.

  4. You have a unique way of seeing things, and drawn to such wonderful
    colors. It’s as if the objects in your photographs are standing apart
    within the surroundings, or we see the parts and don’t want to bother
    with the whole. I’m not sure. They fit in a scene but are not confluent.
    I remember the old iron school gate, the couch.
    The bathhouse windows.
    But I think I see the mass and all perifery when I look at something
    complex. And a mingling molecular exchange. Motion.
    But you have this skill in pinpointing, seperating out
    each individual object. And it’s always as if time has stopped. ?

    • Another great comment to read, thanks so much, Barbara! Guess there are so many parts in this one its maybe a bit too much. After reading your thoughts i thought maybe it was nice to cut it through the middle and make two photos out of the upper and lower half and put them in two different frames so the whole pictures is still to be found if you hang em but makes two more serene shots maybe…
      You make me feel like i really have an own signature almost, guess the more i photograph it all goes in a certain direction my interest goes as well…
      hope all is great, have a nice weekend, Ron.

      • Although I have never been either thoroughly inclined or able (the two are connected) to head in the direction of the Dadaists or Surrealists or Louis Carroll I’ve always admired them no end. I did not mean AT ALL that any of your photographs needed a change or serenity. In fact they have a lovely jarring quality on some level which is what makes them so compelling to look at for a length of time. And that you focus on these distinct and unusual things which become isolated by their nature despite the unity of all things in the shot. Like that slice of blue on the left below the window I think (without going to look). So I see I’m looking at some genuine landscape that is not a simple postcard but is instead, as in many of your photographs, the artifacts of lives led, and very moving. I hope that’s understandable, I don’t want to be obscure.
        I’m glad my comments interest you. I have a couple of sites I go to and am always appalled at one or two words people leave behind. And I’m a writer, and like the challenge of expressing what I see and feel. And yes, I think we’ve always got a style that is obvious to others before we see it ourselves.
        You too, have a great weekend.

        • Youre not obscure at all, in fact i think you have a very keen eye for noticing smaller things and therefor, especially this photo, is made up of so many. It´s so great to read, because as you said, you have the ability to say in words what i try to say in photographing. Don´t be to harsh on photographers disability to use words, although sometimes it is weird to see those short comments, i hope its still very flattering for people to take (little) time out to let others know their thoughts, but I definitely prefer an eye and words like yours 😉
          Thanks, Ron.
          PS. I learn a lot from comparisons with art and the dadaism/ surrealism is something I admire too and maybe unconsciously – i´m a big museum-visitor (everybody should be in a city like Madrid) – they come back in my photos.

          • You remind me how much I learn from photographers, especially when it’s a unique view, which you have. And it seems we like the same colors. (And, you’re right, I will be less critical of monosyllabic comments!) I spent so much time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. When they’re that good, the very air is rich, maybe just with people who have given so much thought to why they’re here on earth. Do I miss my guess or are you in the presence of original El Greco paintings? I’ve never been to Madrid but certainly have heard the museum praised. El Greco is among a handful of painters I most love, though the list is really long. I paint a lot of portraits. I went through the Impressionists room at the Met one day near fevered with wanting to understand their secrets. Young painters can be faced with such sonfusion, working to get the hand and brush to meet the mind’s eye. I looked and looked and looked and suddenly realized there was only one communality, and that was what they each did exactly what they pleased! The ones we love that stand out have been the ones following their hearts. And that is, is it not, maybe the greatest challenge of all.
            Your work is a delight to see. If we’re not changed by new sights and new places we have no business being in them.
            Good to talk with you.

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