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The price of glass - how to save on repairs by Marjolein Katsma

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karakul, kara-kul, qaraqul, murghab, murghob, gorno badakhshan, tajikistan, travel, wall, window, glass, panes, repairs, nails, white, blue, shelves, flowers, alarm clock, 3k, motorcycle battery

Windows and glass – or the price of glass.

This is part of a series on windows and glass in Karakul – see the introduction for background.

                                         Use these thumbnails to navigate the whole series:

                                         No. 116 in Karakul - or - the price of glass   The price of glass - how to fasten a plastic sheet   Boarded up, with a ladder   Boarded up - with style (1)   Boarded up - with style (2)
                                         Narrow door, narrow window   The price of glass - how to save on repairs   Glass, plastic and pink curtains   Karakul window - sellotape, tinsel and a lace curtain   Karakul window - double glazing and red plastic flowers

The window frame here is painted in a common bright blue color. Real glass in this window, too: the window is divided into small parts so only small panes of glass are necessary. But – glass can break and what we see here is that the panes have been fastened into the frame by means of nails: probably just too tightly, because several panes are missing pieces in the corners. Repairs are done with small pieces of glass overlapping the missing parts – again fastened with nails.

What’s also interesting is that the horizontal dividers of this window frame match up with (equally blue) shelves on the inside. Below we see an (artificial) rose, and what looks like a plastic alarm clock in the form of a little house. On the top shelf sits a 3K motorcycle battery. Motorcycles are a practical form of personal transportation here: they can negotiate potholes and parts of the road gone missing as a result of melt water much easier than a car.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1


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I have two passions: travel and photography – and these are often combined. Though even in my own city I often have a camera with me!

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  • moyo
    moyoalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you Moyo! For the fave as well! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • MartinJohnson
    MartinJohnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful detail

  • Thank you, Martin!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxalmost 3 years ago

    Op en top zoals bij jou past…. heerlijke plaat!

  • M’n aandacht werd het eerst getrokken door het plastic wekkertje achter het raam… toen ik eenmaal stil stond zag ik de rest en… ja onvermijdelijk natuurlijk (voor mij dan). :)
    Leuk commentaar, dankje Hans!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • LouJay
    LouJayalmost 3 years ago

    Very interesting, your whole Karakul window series!

  • Thank you. ! :) So glad I’m at least not boring some people! The window series is done now (I may conclude with a few related shots of the condition of the road, or I may do that later…). I really must head back to Beijing now, but there are more series of Karakul waiting in the wings. ;)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats, your image has been featured in ThE aRt Of pEEliNg PaINt
    11 Mar 2012

  • A double feature – that’s absolutely wonderful, Andrew! Thank you so much!! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 3 years ago

    More fascinating insights!

  • And more thanks from me for your great comments, Georgie!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Jean-Luc Rollier
    Jean-Luc Rollieralmost 3 years ago

    I love it ! The title is very good! :’))

  • Thank you for the lovely comment and the fave, Jean-Luc!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • athex
    athexalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Thank you very much, Alan!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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