Cherryvale Road, Boulder, Colorado

some colors and textures of simple buildings located along rural Cherryvale Road in Boulder, Colorado between Marshall Road and South Boulder Road.  Above, asphalt shingles above rubble sandstone wall.

corrugated metal roofing above red painted clapboard siding (red paint was often used on utility buildings and occasionally rural schools because it was the cheapest to make.  The idea that different colors cost different amounts is quite foreign now.)

rusted corrugated metal roofing above rough formed concrete

composite shingles painted white and green

corrugated metal roofing over raw pine siding

rusted corrugated metal roofing over rough cut stone, heavily parged

texture and memory

On the change from Winter to Spring, I am thinking about texture and the haptic experience of architecture.

How very important that sense of touch can linger in the memory of a place.  I can’t really remember anything about the first house in Kentucky my parents rented when I was 3 years old other than the pine staircase – rough at the tread noses, slick at the side edges, smelling of oil soap.  I have no idea what it looked like.

The two photos above, one of tree bark, one of water, have a similar visual texture, but their real surfaces couldn’t be more different on the hand. The eye has only one kind of truth, often fleeting and unreliable.

photos by Mark Gerwing