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A Niche in Time

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

Just past the doorway on the walled property outside the St. Alban Church
(last post)
are these niches in the wall.  I sure wish I knew what they were/meant,
now all seemingly lost to Time.


A Niche in Time

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

Just past the doorway on the walled property outside the St. Alban Church
(last post)
are these niches in the wall.  I sure wish I knew what they were/meant,
now all seemingly lost to Time.


comments (34)

  • Thomas
  • India
  • 12 Feb 2009, 01:24
There's a rustic feel to this image. Some home in India especially in the villages are still like this. Beautiful image.

Thanks for your kind comments Ginnie. Appreciate it.
Ginnie Hart: There is something about "old" that is so soulful to me, Thomas. Thank you for your visit, as always.
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 01:58
lovely image Ginnie. Good stuff as always.
Ginnie Hart: Awww, thanks, Ada.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2009, 02:30
These are wonderfully weathered surfaces Ginnie. As to the niches - maybe statues of saints or urns?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I'm sure you're right, Chris. It's the weathering that holds such appeal for me!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 04:13
I was in Basel last Sunday! But I didn't see this smile
Ginnie Hart: WOW! YOU get around then, too, Martin! Good for you! I'm sure you saw a lot of things I didn't see either! smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2009, 04:34
The wall seem to be losing the test of time.and the tone (I like it)enhances that feel
Ginnie Hart: Time sure knows how to ravage everything, I guess, Vintage!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2009, 04:35
Beautiful image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zed!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Feb 2009, 05:06
One needs to let the mind wander free; perhaps:

1.Places for display of wares of the street vendors who worked here during summers,

2. Display boxes for the severed heads of blasphemers, witches, protestants or revolutionary scientists,

3. Somewhere for the cats to catch a little late afternoon sun,

4.pay-phone alcoves,

5. etc...


Really like your eye, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's the "etc." that leaves much to the imagination, Ray...at least knowing you. grin
  • sherri
  • United States of America
  • 12 Feb 2009, 06:28
Wow...talk about a beautiful door capture. It's perfect.
Ginnie Hart: A door, a niche...whatever it is, it sure has its soul, Sherri, doesn't it!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 07:03
What an interesting place!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Kanyi. Thanks.
je suis toujours jaloux de tes tons? sublime!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, O-P! Merci.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Feb 2009, 07:35
A lovely autumn pic and your sepia toning enhances the feel of "lost to Time" very well! Chris is right- there are/were altars and niches for Saints, e.g. for Alban, Mary...- especially on Good Friday there might have been 14 stations of the Cross in memory of Jesus' 'via dolorosa' in Jerusalem- with a liturgical stop at every altar- a still usual rite in the Catholic Church- but Switzerland is mostly Porotestant since Calvin's times!
Ginnie Hart: I am sure you are so right, Philine. I wish we could have a flash-back!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 12 Feb 2009, 08:46
Wonderful capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Aussie!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2009, 09:30
Perhaps they were for placing a offering or lighting a candle? There is a wonderful melancholy stillness about this image - the dead leaves on the ground, the weathered surface of the wall - beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: There's something about this kind of age that is so soulful to me, Ingrid. I never get tired of it!
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 12 Feb 2009, 10:18
Had a good look this time to be sure it wssn't a doorway ;o)

In Spain and Italy you still see a lot of these shrines still being used for votive offerings.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You tickle me, Mike. If ever it was a door, it probably went to nowhere! And yes, votive offerings make sense.
Good textures. Good tones. And good composition. And in addition, as always, the style unmistakable of Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: And you're a sweetheart, José Angel! smile
I like the tones that you have used in this, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chad!
I like the tones in this Ginnie. Cant figure out whether its less colour or just toned..What ever..it looks great.
Ginnie Hart: Mainly less color, Ron, with a sepia hue. Kinda hard to explain but thank you kindly.
This is a nice composition Ginnie, and the usual pleasant tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian!
  • rian
  • Mobile, AL
  • 12 Feb 2009, 17:41
i like how you framed this shot.. it has nice symmetry and balance.. and does indeed have a rustic feel to it.. nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I never get too much of Age/Time, Rian. I am such a glutton for it!
It's interesting to be able to see places like this, even tho we can't get there ourselves. Nicely done!
Ginnie Hart: That's how I feel about other people's images, Dawn. Thank you kindly.
  • david
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2009, 19:00
i love the combination of muted greys and greens here: very sympathetic.
Ginnie Hart: Did you say decay, David? grin
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Feb 2009, 19:25
Great processing Ginnie, I just love shots where the textures and *age* of buildings are palpable. I like the suggestive space at the top of frame, too - wonder what sort of treats lie beyond. Good stuff
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure why stuff like this is so soulful to me, Ian, but it is. Thank you kindly.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 12 Feb 2009, 19:34
Sad that there is no history with the house. I love old houses like that. And always wonder what has happened there.
Ginnie Hart: Since this is outside the church on what appeared to be their property, I wonder, too, Frida, what all transpired here years ago. I'm guessing it's NOT a wailing wall. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Feb 2009, 21:00
sad It is Thursday......arghh..you know what I am going to say.
I have read the comments and know that sometimes those niches are used to put Maria statues in and when a Catholic would walks by, they would say one of the so many prayers they have and ask for forgiveness.
Jouw foto is een genot om naar te kijken, the tones are fabulous again and very appropriate for the subject.
mawiimh wink
Ginnie Hart: "Mondays and Thursdays" is my answer, lieve vriend! grin And yes, I'm quite sure these are/were alcoves/shrines for worship and prayers many years ago. I'd love to see a flash-back of how they were used. MDJOZW!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2009, 22:57
Very nice Ginnie, and I like the sepia treatment.

Same as the other one, slightly, because of the angle of the sun there's not much "depth"
Ginnie Hart: It was one of those days you just had to take as it was, Ellie. You know, like you get in the UK all the time! grin Thanks.
What a gorgeous construction and you nailed this shot.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Michael. Thanks.
  • martie
  • US
  • 13 Feb 2009, 04:21
It is beautiful, it is sad, it is a haunting image. The song "the road to nowhere" comes to mind for some reason...
Ginnie Hart: I think you're right, Martie. There is definitely a melancholy here!
Wonderfully captured with your superb tones Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Richard!
great shot with very nice tones
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michel, for stopping by and commenting! And welcome to SC!
I especially like your composition here. I think you deliver compositions that are very well balanced every time - impressive
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Aksel. Thank you!
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 14 Feb 2009, 01:15
another nice heavily detailed shot ginnie! almost like a forbidden entry upon first glance.
Ginnie Hart: It sure felt like another world unto its own, Liang. Thanks.
  • namaki
  • France
  • 15 Feb 2009, 11:20
looks abandonned !
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Namaki. Not another person was around!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Feb 2009, 13:31
Your conversion has me thinking of somewhere close to the mexican border. Great picture and composition.
Ginnie Hart: I have been there, Louis, and it doesn't look anything like this. grin But thanks anyway!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 24 Feb 2009, 19:08
...ancient memories speaking the language of stones...
Ginnie Hart: I think we must have been there at one time, Lina, maybe together!

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