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Chimney Sweep

I think the first time I ever saw a chimney sweep was in the movie Mary Poppins from 1964!  This is not something we see in America, or if we do, not in a "uniform" that is associated with the profession, ie.a tophat. 

While in our apartment last year in Hannover, Germany, this gentleman came and cleaned out the chimney for the entire building.  Since our apartment is the top, attic apartment, I was the lucky one to see the whole thing.  I just wish I had gotten him with his brushes silhouetted against the morning sky!




Chimney Sweep

I think the first time I ever saw a chimney sweep was in the movie Mary Poppins from 1964!  This is not something we see in America, or if we do, not in a "uniform" that is associated with the profession, ie.a tophat. 

While in our apartment last year in Hannover, Germany, this gentleman came and cleaned out the chimney for the entire building.  Since our apartment is the top, attic apartment, I was the lucky one to see the whole thing.  I just wish I had gotten him with his brushes silhouetted against the morning sky!




comments (10)

  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 25 Nov 2006, 00:50
That is so fun! I LOVE the lighting.. makes is feel more old school. Really special. ~S.
Ginnie Hart: Awww, thanks, Sorcha. What I like most about this is that even if no one told you what this was, most people (I think?) would know!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 25 Nov 2006, 04:49
Awesome, awesome, awesome capture, never seen a chimney sweep befopre, but I just loooove this shot. A definite keeper. IMPRESSED

Suby
Ginnie Hart: So glad you love this shot, Suby. I think that says a lot, coming from you. smile
Hi Ginnie. Even before I read your writeup, my thought was "Mary Poppins strikes back". Also I was thinking that this guy looks so much like a statue. Excellent capture. Have a brilliant weekend. Kind regards, Neil.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. So you know about Mary Poppins as well! smile The original pic, Neil, had much more detail in the chimney bricks and roof, even on him, but I used Levels to darken it into more of a silhouette. I think that's what gives it the statue look. Your comment is so kind!

You, too, have a great weekend, Neil.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Nov 2006, 10:41
Excellent, excellent - what more can i say. But i had to read that he is a sweep otherwise i may have thought he was a steel worker stoking the pots. Although the hat would have stumped me.

Recently when i was doing a project in namibia, the place where i stayed have contracted to have some german carpenter with his apprentices doing some work there. During the day they would work in half uniform and in the evening they would join us for dinner drinks in full uniform - quite impressive. They had these 3 musketeer type of hats.

It seems to me that there is a lot of tradition in the german trades.
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. So now I know that not everyone would automatically know this was a chimney sweep. I can see where you might think he was a steel worker.

You are right, Louis, about the German tradition in their trades. This guy wanted me to take his pic for his mother because he was so proud of having just passed all the requirements for his certification.

Thanks for your kind comment.
Wow! Fantastic shot. And I also thought it was a statue at first glance! HA! I just love the traditions behind the different trades in Europe. They are all very proud of what they do.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, CS. Thanks for visiting me here. smile I know you have grown very accustomed to these European trades and can speak about them better than I. You can imagine how delighted I've been to get a feel for them in our short time in Germany. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Remind of Walt Disney smile smile
Very well done - Thumbs up !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb! Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins." smile
lovely shot. I can't tell if he's for real or a statue which makes it even more impressive!
Ginnie Hart: He's definitely for real, ET. He had to go through our kitchen window to access the roof, so I met him. A nice young chap and very entertainling! It was clear he was very proud of his trade!
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Nov 2006, 22:35
Thank goodness for your commentary because I wouldn't have had a clue who/what this was without it. I first thought it was an unusual statue.

Chimney sweeps here do everything from indoors, and as far as I know always have done. Brushes go up the flue from the fireplace, using extension rods. A cover is put over the fireplace and the soot is collected with a vacuum cleaner (theirs!). Nobody would dream of going up onto the roof to do the chimneys.

Anyways .. this is a fabulous shot, I really like the silhouettes and the detail of the 'tools of the trade'.
Ginnie Hart: HA! And to think there were all those wonderful Dick Van Dyke songs up on the rooftops of London! smile That was one of my favorite movies back in college. I ADORE Julie Andrews!

Anyway, thanks for your comment.
That is SO cool!! I didn't know they even existed anymore/at all! Of course, Mary Poppins is my only exposure to the occupation as well. I absolutely love how he's silhouetted.

(I'm JUST getting a chance to come back to your photoblog since Thanksgiving now that all journeys are done and all Christmas errands are fini.)
Ginnie Hart: You're a total sweetheart, Mad, to come back to look at all these pics AND to comment. Thank you! That means the world to me.
Wonderful ! I thought it was a statue, love the subtle light that underlines his figure, the last image i'll see tonight, super happy with my choice : enchanting photo.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Karine. You went waaaaay back to my beginningg days here on Shutterchance. You're such a sweetheart. Merci. I feel like I have learned so much since those days...and yet still am the same in many ways.

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