vines on a stucco wall

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“We delight in the mere sight of the delicate glow of fading rays clinging to the surface of a dusky wall, there to live out what little life remains to them.”

from In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

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Santa Fe windows

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These are some photos of windows in stucco and adobe walls in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The thickness of the walls, their massiveness, lends intensity to the openings. They really feel like they have been punched into the wall. The multiple panes heightens that tectonic. The color is almost like a bit of dramatic comic-relief – just enough saturated color to clearly indicate that these are man-made objects siting in a earthen wall, almost lighthearted, nearing whimsy, like scarecrows in a field.

Photos by Mark Gerwing, 2006.

Santa Fe, April 2006

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This is a photo of some trees and a beautiful stucco wall I saw in Santa Fe, New Mexico on a trip. The solidity of the adobe and stucco walls is as intriguing as the overwhelming sense of interiority and privacy they create. The scarcity of water there both allows these trees to grow but also ‘degrades’ the wall in a most beautiful way.

Photo by Mark Gerwing, 2006.