Beautiful balcony bliss

If you've missed the avocado window in fall, you are stuck with a lot of grey skies, rain and other misery. As a photography enthusiast, these are difficult times. But every now and then, there is a nice day that invites you to get your gear and go out and shoot. Today was such a day. I've had my eye on an apartment building in my neighborhood for a while now and today seemed like a good day as we had zero clouds in the sky. That blue would be a great backdrop for the main feature of the building; the balcony. It is a modest building, nothing else is fancy or noteworthy, but the design of the balcony turns this bland building into an eye-catcher. It is an example of how you can make utilitarian buildings that can still be beautiful to behold. The balcony runs across the whole facade at every floor and is built in a wave pattern. The choice of white on white emphasizes the play on form rather than color and draws the eyes to follow the flow of the wave across the building. I don't know who designed this building but whoever did - well done!

In times when we are limited in our ability to travel and explore other parts of the world, there is something to be said about looking at your own environment with new eyes. I try to look at my neighborhood as if I am seeing it for the first time, as a traveler. It's a nice way to keep my photographic eye in practice.


The key thing here is to keep kicking yourself in the behind to go outside and shoot stuff. It's not the same as it was, but today's twenty minutes of walking around this building was a welcome break in my day and gave me some nice shutter therapy during troubling times.

Here are some more shots of this sympathetic building:

All images shot with Leica SL + Voigtlander 21mm F1.4 or Nikon Z6 + 28mm F1.4 or 58mm F1.4


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