Row of Houses

Row of Houses

My wife and I came across this row of colored houses while out for a walk the other day, and I stopped by the next morning to take a picture. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped due to a couple of reasons.  First, it was early in the morning and I don’t like the shadows being cast on the houses by each other. It kind of adds an interesting spatial element to the photo, but I think it’s a bit distracting.  Also, the sky is way too cloudy which lends a somewhat dreary and dismal mood to the picture, which is not what I was going for at all. I did some retouching on this in Photoshop, but didn’t want to go as far as actually removing the cloudy sky and adding a nice blue one instead (and then the pond wouldn’t look right either).  I plan on going back and re-taking this photo in the coming weeks, but I think it’s worth posting here on Weekly Fifty for what I learned from it, not because it’s a particularly noteworthy picture.


  1. I personally think this is a great picture just as is! I think it might be because we may have different perspectives. While you disliked the mood it creates, I think it adds to the picture. While I does look dreary when I see that picture it makes me feel like it captures how repetitive and lacking in individuality the common person is. Even down to the cool shadow effect you captured to me it feels like you reinforced that image, I just described. Because while every house may i have one or two things that set it apart like it’s color ultimately it’s casting the same shadow. So while as people we may have different quirks, we are all ultimately the same and we all uniformly conform to the structure society as set forth for us ( structure of the houses)

    I guess some people can see that is a beautiful thing in a way but to me that’s sad and upsetting. That is what I see and feel when I see this picture, and that is a great thing because now im going to reflect on that and hopefully the outcome will be helping me get closer to true individuality.

    Anyway lol I may sound full of shit because I’m no professional I’m just a guy who stumbled on this picture and felt compelled to comment on it.

    I guess thats what art is.. same picture can create two very different emotional reactions in two different people.

    P.s on mobile so sorry for errors

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