Old Architectural Details

Old Architectural Details - Austin, Texas

Old Architectural Details – Austin, Texas

From today’s photos and the last couple posts, you might think I’m one of those nostalgic for the old stuff. Not true. I just like well designed and well-proportioned details. Things with quality and a desire beyond the least common denominator. There are modern products and buildings with these high-quality characteristics. But, for today, we’re looking at some old architecture, which I found walking around downtown Austin.

With no cars or people to give away any trends, these quiet black and whites look timeless. It’s a quiet kind of photography that I should do more of. One camera and a prime lens, picking out interesting details.

Much of today’s thoughtless development is based on the bottom line, of course. Creating cheap cookie-cutter structures seems like a prudent thing to do. Never mind that it ultimately detracts from the public fabric. I think the other reason is, most people don’t walk around cities anymore. When you drive around at 30 miles per hour, the details don’t matter as much — all you need is a thin veneer of kitsch to glam up a building.

When you walk, however, you need authentic details because you experience them slowly as they unfold. The kind of details you see here, which were probably developed before cars became ubiquitous.

Old Architectural Details - Austin, Texas
Old Architectural Details - Austin, Texas
Old Architectural Details - Austin, Texas
Old Architectural Details - Austin, Texas
Old Architectural Details - Austin, Texas

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2 thoughts on “Old Architectural Details

  1. I like the concept “ the public fabric”. The first shot resembles my grandparents’ house where I grew up. All long gone, unfortunately.

    1. I think people cared more about the public fabric in years past. I suppose if the vast majority of the people are at home, watching TV and now on computers, they may just care about own their private world.

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