Saturday, February 26, 2011

reflections, window displays and a house of knives



in a small village in northern italy i came upon this house. the entire side had been covered in tools, including some rather vicious looking ones. 

you ask yourself, does some axe-murderer live here? i mean, who decorates the side of their house with scythes, axes, buzz saws worthy of a horror film? 


what would happen if a big gust of wind blew one of these off the wall onto an unsuspecting pedestrian, walking on the street below?



i love coming upon weirdness when i travel. sometimes when i'm in a foreign city i look into a shop window and see something strange -- not like this typical display, perfectly arranged and beckoning one to buy


...but like this storefront in croatia, where i passed a curious shoe-form resembling the limb of a birch tree.


and this ---- an old radio?



something as simple as a poster can reflect the world in interesting ways



my sister pointed this out to me, capturing the building across the street in almost mirror-like quality

most of the time we are looking at objects or other people, but sometimes we find ourselves in these reflections

on the side of a mountain where the sun seems to melt 

in a dead end town where sadness lurks behind the heat, crickets and dust 


or waking up on a boat 


that ferried you all night across an ancient sea

30 comments:

  1. What a fun series of images! You are whetting my appetite for Italy. I especially enjoyed the junk balcony and the humor of the last shot.

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  2. I love the door shot, but that last one is the very best... I would know it is you by your bracelets for sure, my friend!

    I do wonder about all those tools... it seems that someone could just grab one and break into a place!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  3. Your posts are so rich with information, imagery, and meaning, I always want to read them over and over.

    I, for one, think the accidental images we capture are always more interesting than the ones we intended to capture.

    Yours are weighty evidence of that.

    Thank you for another rich post!

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful journey through time and space. Felt like life itself.

    Please have a good Sunday.



    daily athens

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  5. What a beautiful post, full of insights and curiosities to fill the imagination with wonder and wonderlust.

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  6. your posts are always full of ideas:)super!

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  7. amanda, that last shot of you belongs in a classy magazine ad, maybe for silk pajamas of elegant perfume or my favorite, garnet hill anything )

    this is a wonderful post. the theme of mirrors and windows and perspectives is so creatively presented. you are so cool!

    your LIFE is so cool!!!! you deserve every gallivant, amanda. how great that you share!

    love
    kj

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  8. I love the idea of looking for reflections or oddities. You wonder if the person who put the tree limb in their display window simply liked the shape of it or had some ironic message or what.
    And that last photo is just great

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  9. all those blades on the outside, perhaps inside is just marshmallow furnishings?? they definitely send a strong message. and what a lovely street below, and wonderful pics. they ahvent all downloaded yet, but i will persist because each is such a gem. what fun. thanks!

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  10. Amanda,
    Thank you for following my blog and I am loving yours. I also enjoy finding the oddities of life and think the unusual is where true beauty waits.

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  11. Love this post! I really love that house covered in tools...very, very unique indeed. And, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one taking photos of my shadows, reflections etc...wherever I might find myself.
    Have a nice week!

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  12. sarah -- i'm still trying to figure out what that tool house was all about -- i saw the owner come out into the courtyard for a moment but wasn't able to gather any further clues as to his special 'decorating' style ~

    how lucky you are to be heading to italy -- will look forward to reading posts of your journey!

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    genie -- yes - having an axe outside your home could seem like an invitation for someone to break in!

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    thanks jo - i like accidental images too, except when it's views of the inside of my camera bag! (hehe ;-)

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    thank you robert, glad you enjoyed it. wishes for a great sunday to you as well ~

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  13. rosaria -- i like that new word: wonderlust -- may i borrow it?!

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    kind thanks, ola ♡

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    hahaha!! you are funny kj! i love the idea you think that shot looks like garnet hill -- it made me think of that old catalog, do you remember j. peterman? he was always writing mini stories for each item he sold -- seinfeld did a great parody on that......

    anyway i have learned a new word from you today and will promptly look it up once i've posted this comment - i've heard of gallivanting around but never thought of it as a noun -- cool!

    xxx

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    mim -- i think -- or at least it looks like to me- that the tree limb like thing is a hand made shoe form, but who knows? part of the mystery, right? ;-)

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  14. val - yes, if this is how he 'decorates' outside the building then what would the inside look like? funny if it was all white or something hehe ;-)

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    welcome farmchick -- thanks for visiting and following back!

    i love what you said - that the unusual is where true beauty waits......not lies.

    yes....very much agree!

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    cheryl, i love the fotos you take, you've a great eye.

    -- i am wondering if you might ever come across a house like this in greece? there are so many interesting ways people decorate their homes, so maybe keep an eye out for unusual exterior decoration in your neck of the woods ;-)

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  15. "most of the time we are looking at objects or other people, but sometimes we find ourselves in these reflections"..I love this Amanda..and the picture of the building reflection in the poster.!!Thanks for taking me along on your adventure and reminding me to sometimes look past what is directly in front of us.Big Hugs,Cat

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  16. I love all your photos, your memories and your ability to look beyond. Brilliant post as always my (sexy) friend. I think boats on ancient seas are truly romantic.

    i'm sorry i was so busy last sunday, but we'll hook up again for sure. i'm glad your home safe too!

    xxx

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  17. I'd love to know the story behind that Italian house! It's quirky for sure

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  18. Great selection of pix. The knife house is a bit spooky though!

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  19. A very nice travel !
    Thank for making discovery of great places with to your photos !
    I liked the last picture, very original !! :))

    Bye**

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  20. I adore all the metal ephemera. I must have had a blacksmith back in my lineage somewhere. Sexy berth shot!

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  21. What wonderful journies you take us on Amanda. Reading you blog is always a joy as each post is usually a new discovery.

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  22. Yep, I'd be worried about that house too... as amazing as it is, looks like an axe murderer's place. Hope you gave it a wide berth !

    Happy travels !!!

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  23. thanx for sharing your journey. A strange "Twilight Zone-ish" feeling, as if I were momentarily there, passed through me at times. The sunshine and sea breaze.

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  24. thank you cat♡♡

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    lori - thanks my friend -- yes, next time in california i'm hoping!!

    xx

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    sara - me too. if you ever find yourself in lesa, italy, maybe you can dig up more of the story!

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  25. dd - spooky, yes. definitely an eye-opener to find such a thing in the midst of an otherwise upscale italian town...

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    mahon - thanks -- i see you enjoy doing self-portraits sometimes as well!

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    tess -ah - a blacksmith! i imagine that would come in handy around the manor.....;-)

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  26. ah, see this post is yet another example of why my blog awarded your blog today. we are talking about you in mine. but seriously---thank you for sharing the way that you do.

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  27. loree -- thank you! what a very kind thing for you to say♡♡

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    owen - you can bet i wasn't standing underneath that wall when the wind picked up!

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    glenn - a twilight zone feeling --- how cool! maybe you have been to one of those places in a previous life and was experiencing a deja vu?

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  28. sherry -- wow -- i hopped over to check out your post and look forward to checking out the blogs of your other awardees.

    thanks so much for this honor!

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  29. that's a wonderful shot of you on that boat. i love how that is framed! and your stance in that dead end town is perfection. i think i'd kinda be comfortable there though.

    enjoyed all the peculiarities. makes me want to see the people behind them, hear their stories.

    xo
    erin

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  30. erin,

    me too - i would especially love to chronicle what's behind the house of knives. if not factually, then perhaps via a fictional treatment.......it would make a great premise for a story now that i think about it~

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