Local Heart, Global Soul

January 6, 2019

Little Faces Stare Down From The Façade…

Continuing through the streets of Zierikzee I photograph beautiful pieces of architectural detail: a house that has an entire series of female faces around the upper edge, just before the roofline. At first I thought that maybe they were angels, closer inspection reveals that they are one face, repeated around the façade under the eaves. I have no clue if this was done for luck or was just the fashion of the day, but if you keep your eyes peeled, small details pop out at you one after another. I find old brickwork, beautiful doors, a place that has a Royal Warrant, meaning that they have some official connection in supplying their goods/service to the Dutch Royal household, this is a way to boast about it. The motto of the Netherlands (always written in French): “Je Maintiendrai” formally translates as “I shall maintain” or more loosely as: “maintain, sustain, ensure, preserve, secure, keep enforce, hold, establish, protect… (thank you Google) but I’m not quite sure exactly what it is that is that is being maintained, the Dutch State? I’m assuming it must be that at the very least. I managed to take one door handle photograph in such a way that it looks like it’s floating. Other ornamental pieces are just pleasing to the eye.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

5 Comments »

  1. I think the doorknob catches my attention the most, we don’t have nearly this amount of grandeur in NZ.

    Comment by Amy — January 6, 2019 @ 2:13 am | Reply

    • Amy,
      The boxy sort one, the floating sort one or the round door handle?
      It’s just one of the upsides of living somewhere that has history going back to Roman times and buildings to match. New Zealand can’t compete with that, but has scenery to drool over so each is a winner in it’s own way. It’s like comparing apples and pears, just not possible.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2019 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  2. love the details

    Comment by Maureen Sudlow — January 6, 2019 @ 4:07 am | Reply


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