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Phone Home

Today Donica and I fly home to Atlanta from Amsterdam.  I just couldn't resist this as my parting post from London's visit 2 weekends ago.  (That is NOT to say this is my last London post!)

Our phone booths in America do NOT look like this.  Nor in Germany or the Netherlands.  These are unique.  One of a kind.  But you knew that!

Phone home today.
Just do it.

Phone Home

Today Donica and I fly home to Atlanta from Amsterdam.  I just couldn't resist this as my parting post from London's visit 2 weekends ago.  (That is NOT to say this is my last London post!)

Our phone booths in America do NOT look like this.  Nor in Germany or the Netherlands.  These are unique.  One of a kind.  But you knew that!

Phone home today.
Just do it.

comments (27)

  • alex
  • 9 Mar 2007, 03:17
lovely shot, ginnie. i really like this one. BOLD colors. i hope the travels are safe!

can't call home today, cause i'm already there. smile
Ginnie Hart: We are now home safe-n-sound, Alex. Thanks. I appreciate your comment.
Very well composed Ginnie. Such shots are always a favorite with me. It brings out the subject so well.

Couldn't agree more with Alex - Even I'm already home grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Thomas. Sometimes there's more than one home to call, right? smile
haha. Wicked post processing. I did a similar colour/bw shot the other day -- well in processing, not in subject I mean. I really like it. We don't see any phone booths around Toronto anymore -- it's sad. Just a great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sparklite. I LOVE these booths and the selective coloring seemed so perfect for it. I didn't realize, however, that these are a vanishing species!
great shot, you got the subject quite well !!! have a safe trip as well as a great week end.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir. We're now home safe-n-sound! And we also called home to my daughter beforehand--at HER home. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 9 Mar 2007, 08:33
An icons that's disappearing slowly from our own shores to be replaced with horrible, characterless canopies. Fortunately we exported a few to various places. I photographed one in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Ginnie Hart: I wonder if I saw that one in Bar Harbor, Maine?? I think not since it doesn't ring a bell (ha). I hate it that these are disappearing. So glad I was able to capture a few pics then. And thanks, Colin, for your comment.
Well captured and I love the colour . Yeah they are dying out few people use them... But I think they are iconic (and functional) and your pic does them justice..Safe journey back to ATL..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shakara. We are back home safe-n-sound.
Soon they will all be gone and all we'll have are very fond memories and photographs. It makes me very sad to even think the thought. When I first came over here back in '69 we use to use the old tuppence and push button system, I really liked the old phones, now we have the plastic variety with stainless stell and the phone card which no one ever has, well not locals anyway. Very nice shot sweet one and by the post included looks like it was taken somewhere in the city of Westminister.
Ginnie Hart: Westminster indeed, Johnny, somewhere on the way to St. Paul's. Good eyes. I hate it that these icons are disappearing. So sad. Glad I was able to capture a few of them!
great combi of color and B&W
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal.
Nice idea to have desaturated the whole except the phone box... love it. Have a nice week-end Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Florence. I'm a real fan of selective coloring for certain pics and this certainly seemed like a good one. smile
  • Sinem
  • 9 Mar 2007, 11:59
Oh I love London phone booths and I enjoy the selective colour treatment you've given this one. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sinem. That means a lot.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 9 Mar 2007, 12:58
I agree with everyone about the color treatment you did. It works so well for this great shot. I never tire of seeing these pleasing structures. I wish they'd keep them around forever. I loved the one in "Waking Ned Divine" that was out on a country road!

Talk with you Stateside!
Ginnie Hart: I'm so sorry to hear these are disappearing, Ruth. You'd never have known that for all the ones I saw on my walk to St. Paul's. Maybe they're keeping a few of them around for us tourists!!!

"Waking Ned Divine!" Man, I haven't thought of that movie in a long time. Thanks for the reminder. smile
It's unique phone box, very countrast colour with the other boulding around there and probably, only few countries have this classic object.
Nicely pict with good angle smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Dudee. Thanks for your comment.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 9 Mar 2007, 13:41
What can i add to all of the praise being heaped upon you Gramma Ginn? It is very difficult to be original, when everybody else has already said so much!!The phot certainly brings back many fond memories of my childhood in England, I also remember those phone boxes that Johnny mentioned. All I can add I suppose is that this is a great photo, a very well edited image of a British icon. I hope you have the safest of journeys back to Atlanta. Warmest wishes, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: We are back home safe-n-sound, Neil. Thanks for your good wishes, as always. You're one of the ones that gets me around the world, I think. smile

And thanks for your kind comment!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 9 Mar 2007, 14:27
So did you "Phone Home?" LOL

Ginnie Hart: Yes, Suby. To Donica's mom and to my daughter as soon as we landed. TWO calls. smile
Hi Ginnie, I see you liked my idea with B&W background and London Red as an only colour wink Great shot though, I like the way how you included this black post in the picture, these posts are quite distinct feature of London's streets...
Ginnie Hart: I have loved this idea for a long time, Monika, and like it whenever I find a pic that seems pefect for it, whoever does it. Thanks.

I hope those black posts are not disappearing like the phone booths!
  • Petra
  • 9 Mar 2007, 20:52
Lovely shot Ginnie. Did you find a house? Curious what impression you have of Amsterdam
Happy weekend to both of you
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Petra. Yes, we found an apartment and I'll have to tell you about it via e-mail later. I was in Amsterdam for 2 weeks 9 years ago, so it brought back all kinds of wonderful memories!

Thanks for your kind comment! Happy weekend to you as well.
Quintessentially British Ginnie smile Hope you both have a safe journey home - you'll have to pop over to the Isle of Wight on one of your visits wink
Ginnie Hart: I would absolutely LOVE to visit YOUR neck of the woods one of these days, Chris. That will be high on my list. Thanks!! And yes, we are now back home safe-n-sound.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Mar 2007, 22:42
When the picture opened up I thought this will be the confessional in St Pauls. Then I read about it being a telephone booth. We had them here as well but chuck them out on liberty.

Took your advise and phoned home, just to find out that i am already there.

Great picture and like your pp.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are way too funny, Louis. But it COULD be a confessional booth, right?! Thanks, as always, for your comment.
kinda reminds me of the tardis!
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. I'm not sure what you mean, Adebanji, but I'll take your word for it. smile
London is so grey. The red phone booths provide a striking contrast to the streetscape. That's a very well composed shot. Have you desaturated the building and the pavement?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Kedar. I converted the pic to B&W first and then used the PS eraser tool to bring out the red booth. It was fun. Thanks for your comment.
  • Julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 10 Mar 2007, 08:26
Ah, the famous british phone booths! Nice composition an PP. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Julia. I'm so glad you're back in the land of the living. smile
Amazing Ginnie ! Good black and Red work !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland!
  • Ellie
  • 10 Mar 2007, 11:52
Lovely and so 'typically' British Ginnie. It's a pity that there aren't very many of these left, although I think that some even have 'Preservation Orders' on them especially in popular tourist areas.

Safe journey home.
Ginnie Hart: Since I saw so many of these on the way to St. Paul's, Ellie, I didn't have a clue they're disappearing! I think you must be right--the tourist areas are preserving them! Thank God.

We are now back home safe-n-sound! Thanks for your kindest wishes.
Remember me a moovie smile smile
Great work on colors Ginnie !
A kiss from ET smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You're the only one who actually mentioned ET. Maybe we all just thought it. smile
  • Ted
  • 13 Mar 2007, 03:35
Did you modify this photo so that everything other that the booth is red? It's really a remarkable contrast.
Ginnie Hart: I converted the pic to B&W, Ted, and then I used the Eraser Tool in PhotoShop to "erase" over the phone booth, uncovering the original red. It's so fun to do. smile Thanks for commenting.
Great shot. Love the red phone both against the grey background
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Gustav. It was fun to convert to B&W and then do the selective coloring with the Eraser Tool in PhotoShop.
You have lots of comments on this shot, it's a good one with nice pp as well.

put up some more London stuff.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you ever so kindly, Man. I have just added your site to my Buddies' list and am looking forward to seeing more of you.

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