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A Little Place in Town

December 20, 2005
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  1. December 20, 2005 at 10:31 am

    What a great shot, Lorianne. I love the way the trees have entered the window to creat a sylvan backdrop for the house
    within the house.

  2. December 20, 2005 at 10:37 am

    It’s a picture that tells stories. Wonderful.

  3. December 20, 2005 at 11:06 am


    When you first noticed that house peering out the window at you, did you feel watched?

  4. December 20, 2005 at 11:28 am

    I love this shot. It could be interpreted in so many ways! Home within a home. Marsupial home. Home wanting to escape. Taking home with you…

  5. December 20, 2005 at 12:28 pm

    That’s great, Lorianne! And it feels like one of those Russian dolls – maybe there is another house inside that one, inside that one…the thing is, a lot of dollhouses ARE about finding a different kind of home, aren’t they? Or about escaping the one we actually live in for a make-believe, controllable world in miniature.

  6. December 20, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve always loved dollhouses…and yes, Beth, I hope there *is* another dollhouse within this one.

    Dave, when I first saw this house, I didn’t feel like I was being watched…but I did feel a sudden surge of loneliness. To my eye, that little house looks *sad*, like it’s looking out the window, wanting to be outside. Maybe its the way it’s hiding behind the curtain, like a shy, uncertain thing.

    Funny how easy it is to personify house facades, isn’t it?

    So my gut response is in line with one Leslee mentioned: a house wanting escape. Maybe it’s a Doll’s House straight out of Ibsen: something simultaneously quaint & proper, but also controlling & confining.

    Or maybe that’s just *my* kneejerk…

  7. December 21, 2005 at 10:18 am

    as true as any word called home coule be, Lorraine.

  8. December 21, 2005 at 7:15 pm

    What a wonderful photo. Melancholy and sweet and contemplative, all in one.

  9. December 23, 2005 at 6:23 pm

    Yes it’s a house full of stories and a beautiful photo, Lori. I wonder if the doll’s house was put in the window so that passers by could make up tales about that juxtaposition of big house, little house and maybe others within that.

  10. December 25, 2005 at 1:34 pm

    To me there’s something just a little mournful about it. Resonates with “Rapture,” to me —

  11. December 26, 2005 at 8:57 am

    Yes, that house-within-a-house looks like it’s been “unmanned,” doesn’t it?

  12. December 29, 2005 at 4:10 pm

    Beautifully disturbing image.

    And what a perceptive comment by Patry Francis (and what a wonderful adjective “sylvan” is).

    Altogether Nabokovian.

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