Saturday, July 23, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Olde world shadows

Tracy, Down Under in Brisbane, graciously hosts the very fun meme Shadow Shot Sunday. We await shadowy art in all guises.

This is another scanned print that has held up well over the decades. The time is the summer of 1982 and is on a vacation trip to [then] West Germany. More specifically, the city of Cologne (Köln). I was standing on the plaza of the famed Köln cathedral, impressive itself with each of its twin spires towering to a height 577 ft (176 M). Today’s view is across the street. The architecture from long ago is so detailed, and this detailing the basis of more than a few subtle shadows…

When scanning and editing the old prints, I look for photo meme subjects, and this one was used in an earlier time. Yet, it jumped at me for its shadows, too – and shadows impress from any era. See many more shadowy events that are detailed at Hey Harriet!


Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely old building and delightful shadow shot for the day, Ralph! I lived in Germany for a couple of years a long time ago, and I loved it! Hope you have a good weekend! Thank you as always for your visits and comments each week, they're always greatly appreciated!


sarayutouched said...

great shadow shot from the past ralph. and the way you describe...we are there with you in that memory.

Patti said...

Wonderful shadow shot ~ wish I knew you then I would have been able to visit Germany too!

Ms. Becky said...

you recall and describe the day so well, it puts me right there along with you. it's such an ornate building. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Ralph. happy SSS. and keep cool!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Impressive features on this old building give a sense of stylish dignity to the facade! Fascinating photo!

Kay L. Davies said...

Shadows from the past are often more readily remembered than those from the present day. I really like this photo of Olde Worlde Shadowes.

—Kay, Alberta, Canada

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a great old building, love all the figures and what looks like a clock in the centre. Nice soft shadows.

STEF said...

Looks old but really interesting. Nice capture. Here's my SSS share. Happy Sunday!

MyMaracas said...

The building looks like a giant music box, as if its bells should chime and its figures should move. Thanks for sharing your photo and your memories of the day.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Fun vintage shot Ralph! It reminded us of the tour of Sprecher Brewery that we took in Milwaukee a few weeks ago - those wonderful German crests/seals!!
Wishing you a lovely weekend :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Good presentation of a typical old German building.

Regards and I wish you all the best Ralph

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

I have never been out of the states, how exciting it must've been to see another world and to look back at all the fond memories you must have from that trip...sigh...have a wonderful week Ralph n Patty!

Another thunderstorm is barreling in as we speak...GEESH!

Dimple said...

This is a good shot of a neat old building! I enlarged it and noticed the facade was like the face of a cuckoo clock. Did it chime the hours?

Dianne said...

very pretty detailed building

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Elegant building and elegant shadows, Ralph.


Hello, there, I’m your shadow,
I tag after you;
Whatever you are doing,
That is what I do.

If you should fling a football
Forty yards or more,
I’ll be right beside you,
Evening the score.

If you should flick a booger
From your stuffy nose,
I will surely do the same—
Watch how far it goes!

So, friend, be very careful
What you say and do—
Whatever you are doing,
I’ll do just as you!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadow on Stone

Cassie said...

Wow!! Love this shot. So, you went through CheckPoint Charlie...Me too, in 1965. Didn't get any great photos though. I guess I was too young to realize the full significance of it. Have a good week ahead.

Paula Scott said...

Nice print and scan and image!! Certainly takes me there even though I've never been but wouldn't mind going there.

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely old building! They sure don't make them that ornate anymore! Shadows span the decades! lol