Saturday, 28 September 2013

Picture This #219 ~ Rooms In A House

Many thanks to Anders for hosting this week's challenge. He's come up with a different theme this week, and it might be a bit more challenging for some, myself included as I rarely take indoor photos. I had to search through my archives to find some suitable shots. 

Before we get to my entries, I just wanted to clarify some things. Those of you who are on Facebook will probably have noticed my arrival there yesterday!! Two things I want to make clear. Firstly, no I'm NOT abandoning Blogger, it'll still be my primary site. Secondly, Picture This is NOT going to FB. I made a promise it would stay on Blogger and I'm keeping my word. I am, however, going to open a new group on FB. I won't be in direct competition to PT and it will have a different format. More news on that when it's done. Hope I've put your minds at rest. 

Ok, here are my entries for this week:

1) Servant's attic bedroom, Plas Mawr, Conwy, Wales. In this Elizabethan great-house, the servants lived and slept in the attic rooms. 
Attic Room 3

2) Living room in a worker's house, Batsto industrial village, New Jersey, USA.
A Place To Sit

3) Living room and fireplace, Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Despite it's name, it isn't a true castle, more a  grand manor house.
Picton castle Interior 2


12 comments:

  1. I just love that first photo. It has so much atmosphere. Brings back some memories of my old Bethnal Green, East London days, although we did have wallpaper, but all sorts of objects laying around. Even the living room is nostalgic, nothing clinical like today, just a home. The last photo reaches the top of the list. Bethnal Green romantic gone. I just love the contrasts you have woven into this.

    I am glad Picture This is staying where it is. I have problems with the groups in Facebook somehow.

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    1. Thanks Pat :-)) In the first shot, I was surprised when Joanne and I visited Plas Mawr, that unlike so many great-houses and castles of those times and earlier, the servants were actually sited in the attic rooms, rather than the more traditional 'downstairs' in the basement or cellars. The room in this photo actually contained both their sleeping area, their dining table and their living area. Presumably their food had to be brought up the servant's stairways from the main kitchens.

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  2. Hi Mitch a great choice of images for the theme all great and I could not pick a favourite;)

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  3. Delightful trio of shots. Love the slightly untidy look of the room. Especially love the lace hanging over the rocking chair. Beauiful and impressive castle interior.

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    1. Thanks Anders :-)) I think the 'untidy' look was an attempt to show how the room looked on a typical working day in Elizabethan times. The servants would have to jump out of bed and get ready to start serving the house very early in the morning, leaving no time to tidy their own room.

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  4. Hi Mitch, I love the progression from the humble servant's quarters to the grand sitting room in the manor. All three stimulate the imagination to wonder about the lives of the people who lived there. The lighting in the last picture is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Benni :-)) I was fortunate in the fact that the best three shots I could find for the theme actually showed this progression.

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  5. Three nice rooms, each one with its own characteristics, depicting perfectly the contrasts among their occupants. I love them all but the second one tells me something special...

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