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Old-time photography

Back before everyone had a camera it was common to have one’s photograph taken in a studio and printed onto sturdy cardboard. Several copies were printed and people then gave them to friends and family as mementoes. My late grandmother had a considerable collection of such photographs. Some she had been given or had inherited from her parents, but some she had accumulated through her postcard collecting. I don’t know where this particular photograph came from, and she did not know who the subject was, but what struck me was that when you turned the photo over there was, on the back, not blank cardboard or a postcard backing, but a photo of the gentleman taken from the back:


Crumbling dignity


This old building was originally built to house livestock but later became a storehouse. It had two gables and was built in the same shape as an old-fashioned turf house. The roof was made of wood and turf, while the walls and gables were concrete. The roof is gone and the top of one gable has fallen down, but one room is still used to store stuff, mostly oil drums and fence wire, while the other acts as an occasional temporary corral for horses.

It belongs to a farm that is no longer inhabited year round, but the main house is used as a summer house.

The photo was taken in colour, but as it was pretty much monochromatic anyway I went all the way and turned it into a black-and-white image. Taken in the winter of 2011-2012.