Saturday, October 1, 2011

Retro Saturday

Waiting for the suppertime traffic to die down a bit the other day while in Halifax, we decided to pop in at a Salvation Army thrift shop.

Just like other visits I scan the china/glass shelves first and then head to the furniture area where they usually have an assortment of framed photos and 'art' work.

Not much there except for a beaten-up, framed  9 X 12 photograph of a building or something. The glass was so dirty I could barely see the image underneath.

The frame was coming apart and I left it where it was.....until I realized that the building in the photo looked familiar to me. It was the Flatiron Building/Fuller Building in NYC. I thought it was beyond repair and that the photograph was damaged with moisture. But realized it was just surface dirt on the glass and that the photo was in OK shape.

So I bought it...... for $1.99! Got home and threw out the frame and glass. And it does look pretty good in it's temporary location.

I don't know what it is that I like so much about black and white photography.........maybe it's the contrasts that are more obvious when using this medium which makes one 'notice' the content more readily than when using colour. 

This is the second photo of this building I have found in the past year. Maybe it is telling me that a return visit to NYC in far overdue!


  1. Great find and a bargain! That's a neat picture of the Flatiron Building.

  2. Maybe is a clue that you should go and take your own pictures of that beautiful building?

  3. Yes, I would definitely take it as an omen to have a little holiday in NYC!

  4. That's it! You need to go to NYC again. And, while you're at it, you need to make a side trip to Western NY at the same time.

  5. I'm always looking for an excuse to travel. I think you've found a good one.
    If I were not going to Mexico in a couple of weeks, I would take the red maple leaves all over my yard as an invitation from my favorite country to come for a visit. But Canada will have to wait a couple of months.

  6. Very nice find at a great price. I also love the contrast of black and white pictures.

  7. Oh my gosh you scored big time!!!! What a bargain. I agree with you that the old black and white pics are the best.
    You do have a keen eye!!!

  8. You are due for a trip to NYC!! I've seen that building and also love seeing pictures of it too.

    I love black and white pictures, but never take any. The simplicity of black and white photos, I think, gives the picture an uncluttered look and can even make a picture feel classic and elegant and even romantic and special....Just my rambling thoughts...

  9. What a fantastic building! It's calling you.

  10. great find! I have always loved that building.
    All our Salvation Army stores closed recently so it's once less place to look for treasures...*sigh*

  11. That is one amazing building! And a lovely photo of it. I love really good black and white - but it's a whole other art and has to be done well for me to appreciate it.

    Last week, I was at the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition in Stockholm -and his photos, no matter what the subject, were just stunning in huge black and white!

  12. i also love b&w 'cause texture prevails. colors can be distracting.


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