A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.~Franz Kafka
Like Ann-Christine, I love the traces of history in weathered and worn places and objects. If I listen carefully, I can hear their stories and secrets. So, for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #38, I’m sharing some of my favorite “weathered or worn” images.
The suitcase in this first photo was carried by a Japanese-American internee in the early days of World War II. Its battered exterior tells the story of a sad time in United States history when immigrants from Japan were imprisoned because of the fear that they were enemies of the United States. I can only imagine the sadness of the people whose loyalty was questioned after years of putting down roots in the United States. Many of them had little time to pack their belongings and get on buses and trains to remote parts of the United States.
When we were in Rome, this shop window filled with broken dolls caught my eye. Not surprisingly, this shop is a doll hospital. These dolls show the traces of wear and tear by many loving children. I can only imagine how happy these children are when their dolls are fixed and returned to them.
Exploring the Belém district in Lisbon is stepping back in time. It is one of the oldest sections of the city, down by the harbor, with many historical monuments and buildings that have been lived in for centuries. I loved the juxtaposition of the pictures of modern hairstyles with centuries-old architecture.
Beauty Parlor, Belem District, Lisbon, Portugal
In the Alfama district in Lisbon, these tiled facades tell the story of when the Moors occupied the city and shared their knowledge of science and crafts like tile making. Their faded beauty is still enchanting.
This final shot, taken of the jail in Port Arthur, Australia, shows the effects of almost two centuries of wind and stormy weather in this remote spot. The front steps were worn smooth by many prisoners’ feet.
Thanks, Ann-Christine, for letting me highlight some of my images of older buildings and objects, worn and weathered by time. I love learning about their secrets and long history.
Wishing you a week filled with sunshine and inspiration…
Categories: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge