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Open-Door Policy


While in Switzerland last November, I had a chance to wander around Basel for a day,
a one-hour train ride from
Zürich.

This is a doorway on the walled property outside the St. Alban Church
.
I wish now I had at least peeked around the corner!


Open-Door Policy


While in Switzerland last November, I had a chance to wander around Basel for a day,
a one-hour train ride from
Zürich.

This is a doorway on the walled property outside the St. Alban Church
.
I wish now I had at least peeked around the corner!


comments (50)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 00:24
Beautiful tones, Ginnie! Yes, I wonder what is around the corner. But that curiosity adds to the appeal smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess there is always an appeal to the mystery of what we don't yet know, Kay!
such a pity that there would be graffiti on such an old structure. Very nice image!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Dawn. Makes you wonder what planet some people are from!
Wonderful compositions - the tones are superb! I too wonder what is around the corner and up the step (steps?). But it is a good reason to go back one day!
Ginnie Hart: I will always wonder, Martie. If ever I'm back there, you can be sure I'll check it out! smile
  • rian
  • Mobile, AL
  • 9 Feb 2009, 03:19
aww.. too late.. yep, exploration's a must whenever you're in someplace undiscovered.. grin cool shot though.. smile
Ginnie Hart: The funny thing, Rian, is that I don't THINK of checking out some places until I'm looking at the pictures on my screen...and then it's too late. What's wrong with me!!!
Love how the tones seem to blend perfectly in this shot and yet the details and clarity are superb. Always amazed at the places you visit Ginnie, you have quite the travel itinerary. Excellent picture as usual.
Ginnie Hart: You're such an encouragement, John, always. Thank you.
  • sherri
  • United States of America
  • 9 Feb 2009, 03:37
It's beautiful,Ginnie. Once again you've achieved a gorgeous image with such beautiful hues.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Sherri.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 04:01
I really like the details you have captured here. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Feb 2009, 04:21
Lovely place for the leaves to pile up, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You've got that right, Ray! smile
  • Argos
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 05:19
Great shot, I love the tones! Also, I'm with Kay -- I like how the composition leaves the viewer wondering what's around the corner.
Ginnie Hart: I guess I'll just have to go back and check it out, Argos! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Feb 2009, 05:28
This is a beautiful soulful still-life, the tones are ontzettend goed, go right (if in a wheelchair) for the Intercity.....walk right through if you still want to catch your train wink
I would love to walk through and find out what's around the corner wink
Ginnie Hart: I would, too, Astrid. When should we go check it out???
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 9 Feb 2009, 05:54
superbe composition !!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem! Thanks for stopping by again.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Feb 2009, 06:17
Yes, Ginnie, your pic makes nieuwsgierig! A remembrance of autumn and a surely very interesting stroll through Basel- I can read the board with some sightseeing tips! But really disturbing are the graffitti at this place- Switzerland is not as clean and proper as we sometimes might think (sorry, we all have our prejudices)!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love to hear the prejudices, Philine. I guess every place has its "tragic flaw." smile
toujours le souci du détail et le travail bien fait!
j'aime
Ginnie Hart: Merci, O-P. Always a Merci to you!
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 06:42
keep up the good work ma'am wink
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You made my day, DrAW. Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 9 Feb 2009, 07:35
Love the tones, graffiti is a world wide problem it seems
Ginnie Hart: Kinda like construction cranes, Tony. Gotta see the art! smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Feb 2009, 08:07
Great tones Ginnie shame about the graffiti
Ginnie Hart: I know, Vintage, but I see it kinda like I see construction cranes! They're always with us!
Ah but it is better if we don't know. Then we can imagine!
Ginnie Hart: Imagination is probably what makes us human, Bill!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Feb 2009, 09:28
The grafitti, though ugly, makes the picture for me. Framed by the doorway like that it looks like a picture on a wall.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: It reminds me of construction cranes, Ingrid...gotta get used to it and see the art!
Nicely processed Ginnie ... shame about the crappy graffiti.
richard
Ginnie Hart: I know, Richard, but it's kinda like construction cranes...gotta see the art in it!
These tones do make a nice change Ginnie, Lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ron.
  • namaki
  • France
  • 9 Feb 2009, 10:13
you didn't peak around the corner ? I know someone from there who could do it for you ... ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Now we're talking, Namaki. Do you think that person would take a picture for us??? :0
The vision of this photo has created me the optical effect of which the door does not have entrance. I like the textures!
Ginnie Hart: Someone else said the same thing, José Angel. Maybe that's why I didn't even think of checking it out! grin
This is quite cool.
I like these "still life" shots in sepia or B&W
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rob, for stopping by and commenting.
great sepia tones
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Feb 2009, 10:34
A great picture opportunity well utilised - maybe you would have surprised someone by looking around the corner. Remember the early warning system of scraping your shoes smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll have to remember that, Louis! smile
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Feb 2009, 12:12
Hey Ginnie, awesome pic, kid. So rich in detail, the points of interest of captivating: and I love seeing text, in whatever form, in photographs. Splendid shot.

... I left a long-winded explanation on the Chinese New Year at my site (answering your question!). But, alas, no Ox to photograph sad Oh well. Take it easy!
Ginnie Hart: There's gotta be an OX somewhere, Ian, so maybe you'll find it? I hope you do. smile Thanks.
Superb tones Ginnie. We find graffiti everywhere!
Ginnie Hart: Yes we do, Richard, just like those cranes! Gotta learn to live with it, I guess!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 13:03
Love the simplicity..the textures..the processing. Great eye!
Ginnie Hart: You're always an encouragement, Marcie. Thank you.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Feb 2009, 14:10
love those tones!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Paul. Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 9 Feb 2009, 14:31
Ginnie you have a great feelings for colors .. nice PP
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Klaus. Danke.
I had a dream about you and Donica last night. i would like to say that was the most exciting part to the dream but I had a new car in the dream and was finding money all over the place.

Lovely textural photo too.
Ginnie Hart: HA! It's finding all that money all over the place that dreams are made of, Mary. grin
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 9 Feb 2009, 15:36
I too would like to visit Basel again, not been for over 30 years. Mind you this bit looks unchanged (appart from graffiti). At first I thought the door was solid concrete - nice trick of the eye.
Ginnie Hart: Someone else saw that trick to the eye as well, Mike, and I never even noticed it till you mentioned it. smile
Very nicely toned and composed picture Ginnie, you could always go back one day just to find out what is round the corner.
Ginnie Hart: I've decided if no one else does it for me, Brian, I'll definitely have to go back myself. smile
Great image, Ginnie - with your trademark subtle tones! Do we get to see what was round the corner? (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Namaki knows someone who lives there, Roz, so I've asked her to see if they'll do it for us! smile
  • david
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 17:57
you mean you didn't?? looks so intriguing too. i think you should go back straight away for us, your loyal followers ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes I surprise myself, David! Later I see what I missed when I look at the images on the big screen. I'm always amazed!
Hmmm...I wonder what was round the corner. I was thre in September Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: And you didn't look around the corner either, Chris??? So we're both in the same boat???
Send a request out to the world - anyone please take a picture of what's around the corner wink

The dead leaves and graffiti and quietness makes this somehow scary...difficult to explain...what's around the corner...
Ginnie Hart: Namaki says she knows someone who lives there, so I've asked her to see if they'll take a picture for us. smile
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 9 Feb 2009, 19:52
I like that you can see a hint of the stairs, makes you wonder where it leads.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Magnus, and now I'm kicking myself!
I love the title!!!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks for that encouragement, Jen.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Feb 2009, 22:27
There's a really odd effect, I hope it isn't my eyesight, but looking through the doorway it seems almost two-dimensional (flat) because there aren't any shadows.

But, the door's open wink
Ginnie Hart: You're the third person who has mentioned this illusion, Ellie...almost as though it's a door and not an opening. Very interesting. Thanks for the observation.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 9 Feb 2009, 22:56
Wonderful textures in this Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Aussie.
A wonderful doorway begging to be entered.
Ginnie Hart: Next time I'll pay better attention, Michael. I promise!
Grafitti! I thought it was only in controlled areas after the issuing of a permit, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't we wish, Sir Chad!
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 10 Feb 2009, 15:14
Beautiful image Ginnie. The texture is so beautifully reproduced
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2009, 21:46
excellent details here Ginnie! they got some stylish graffiti!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Liang. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 05:51
I really like the image. I too wish you had peered into the door.
Ginnie Hart: The next time I'm there, I will make sure I peek around the corner, Kanyi. I promise! smile
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 14:13
Nice to see graffiti in other parts of the world!
Ginnie Hart: HA! It does seem to connect us, doesn't it, Clarence!
I am quite fond of and pro graffiti in many ways but this is just annoying, what planet..exactly!

Great image.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Padraig. Sometimes we all just have to shake our heads!
  • Sakeeb
  • India
  • 14 Feb 2009, 01:21
Love the shot. Nice caption too smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sakeeb, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me. And welcome to SC.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 24 Feb 2009, 19:07
So...you didn't peek? That doesn't seem al all like you grin
Brilliant processing as usual... and a unique way of making us stare...
Ginnie Hart: You'd be majorly disappointed at all the things I DON'T do, Lina...the things I often regret later in retrospect! sad

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