Saturday, July 25, 2009

Texture. . . (in French : Texture)

There was a time, not so long ago, when advertising signs were painted on walls. Today advertising finds other ways to worm its way into our collective consciousness. In France older signs like these can still be seen, slowly fading away over the years, under the effects of weather and sun and time. . . leaving behind traces of colors and time-worn textures. I have commented (like a Parrot) to Loulou who is the splendid hostess of Indiaphragme how much I love the texture in many of her photos from India and Egypt. I submit the below photos in the context of texture in humble homage to her excellent work. These scenes are along the route I take to go to work most every day, I finally got fed up with just driving by, and stopped to do these images just a few days ago.
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29 comments:

Margaret Pangert said...

My first thought was that Jeff at Life is beautiful would love all the vivid blues and yellows! The Opel! and then how abstract these wall-paintings have become. i love how the textured, muted teal-and-pink looks so impressionistic and how the second and third look like they belong in the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art). You're right: the texture is everything, peeling, roughened, battered. Great photos, Owen!

Country Girl said...

I find these mesmerizing. Great job! And I love the old Opel advertisement.

Amelia said...

These pictures remind me of Jeff at Life is Beautiful...especially the blues! I find these photos incredible and really get to the mind..at least mind. Thank you for sharing a part of you.

Arnaud said...

Beautiful texture, I love them !
But I'm really surprised by how vivid those paint walls are...
Tell me, Owen, did you increase color saturation ?
Or did you take out all the colors of your B&W pictures and put them in those ? ;-)
Well done in any case !

clo said...

magnifique owen...j'aime ces textures d'un autre temps...
une bonne journée...aujourd'hui chasse aux images...bon weekend...:)

Steve said...

I love the combination of human artistry and nature to create these vast textile pieces... they all belong in an art gsllery.

K'line Bloom said...

C'est très beau Owen, une promenade entre collages surréalistes et décrépitude.
J'aime beaucoup ces publicités d'un autre temps.
K'line

joo said...

Looks amazing - I like the combination of deep blue and bright yellow.Must have looked nice once!
Have a nice weekend:)

AlpHa Buttonpusher said...

Great! You should take part in my Creativity challenge:)

Bill Evertson said...

A nice counterpoint to the graffiti and murals you publish. Curious how I enjoy public advertising more when it has decayed.

Catherine said...

hese photos are indedd gorgeously textured...the art of sign painting on walls is still alive and well in Mexico...I love it and did a post on it a while ago..will try and find the reference for you...

Tom Bejgrowicz said...

The textures and the colors are so rich and brilliant. I wish Lancaster kept more of its old facade signage (tobacco, feed, etc.) like Charles Demuth painted in "Buildings, Lancaster" near the end of his brilliant life.

louciao said...

OMG!

Rain said...

Hi Owen! It's such a shame that the old adverts weren't maintained...Montreal considers those buildings landmarks, and they are really well-preserved.

Marguerite said...

Very nice textures and colors. They look like some of the old signs in the Louisiana countryside that have been left to Mother Nature. I feel a blog post coming on! lol Have a happy, fun weekend, Owen.

La Framéricaine said...

Lovely images!

Janie said...

Very interesting texture on those old painted signs.

Mundo Mundaca said...

I love their pictures.!
It is incredible as the passage of the time can be beneficial the times.. if creating textures and with that to create magnificent effects.

yasmin.
www.mundomundaca.com

TechnoBabe said...

Good thing to catch these in pictures before there is nothing left to see. With furniture, we try to capture this look but there is nothing like the real thing in real time.

Owen said...

Hi one and all, got caught up in another working weekend, many thanks to all of you who so kindly slipped in here and left these lovely comments while I was out bringing home the bacon. Comments are like the meringue on lemon pie... (perhaps my favorite dessert... well, running head to head with chocolate mousse... can't tell who's going to win the race :-D )

Roxana said...

omg, Owen, these are just gorgeous!
i can't say more because all words seem meaningless in front of such colours and yes, textures.

Anya said...

Hi Owen
These shots are perfect :)
FANTASTIC !!

The Sagittarian said...

Its almost like you can pick the paint off the screen with your fingernail! Great shots.

Marie said...

superbe rendu des matières et des couleurs.

PIM said...

woow... thx 4 comment!

jeff said...

je découvre tes textures et réellement, c'est magnifique !
...;-)

marc aurel said...

You've brought back my early boyhood, driving with my father through France. He worked in Paris and, for a happy while, I lived alone with him. I think he liked driving with me, because we were both fairly silent types, however we did play a game of picking out brand names and seeing who could accumulate the greatest number of sightings. I played the same game with my sons. When I was a boy, every wall in France seemed to be unplastered or pealing.

marc aurel said...

You've brought back my early boyhood, driving with my father through France. He worked in Paris and, for a happy while, I lived alone with him. I think he liked driving with me, because we were both fairly silent types, however we did play a game of picking out brand names and seeing who could accumulate the greatest number of sightings. I played the same game with my sons. When I was a boy, every wall in France seemed to be unplastered or pealing.

Adam said...

Thanks for your comment on my site - I didn't realise that we'd posted on the same subject! Your examples are great!