End of life? by Themis

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(AS IS, Finepix F31fd, f/2.9, ISO100, WB: ‘Cloudy’, shutter priority, 1/9 secs)
Near where I work there is this (very) old house, lost among the new concrete-and-steel buildings. I hope one day it will be restored to it’s former glory, but at the moment it’s used as exhibition and antiques shop – it’s like Aladdin’s cave, really. One room is dedicated to living room furniture, one to display collections (such as butterflies) and one to mirrors of all shapes and sizes, and so on. Somewhere among the collections of small things I found this conch shell, really pretty, which was once the home of a living creature, the same way the house itself was once a home. Both had reached some time ago the end of their life as originally intended, and both had now a use which the original owners could not imagine. As I said, Aladdin’s cave… I’d like to think that one day a child will listen once more thought this conch shell to hear the sound of waves, the same way I did once with my aunt’s…

(The place is Brunswick House near Vauxhall Station in London – see the English Heritage entry, the company is Lassco, and most of the objects are reclaimed from (really) old houses being renovated)

I was tempted to crop the right side and eliminate the light in the right-hand top corner, but I would lose the edges of the glass display case – I’m looking for feedback: which way do you think it would be better? Many thanks in advance for your advice


clock, time, shop, shell, aladdin, conch, antiques, siphonal


  • Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williamsover 4 years ago

    Very nice capture. Well done.

  • Thank you, I’m glad you like it – do you think I should have cropped it (see right for my dilemma)?

    – Themis

  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakiover 4 years ago

    I like this as is. It looks real and ready to come out of the screen. Good work.

  • Thank you, I’m really glad you like it :-) Visit and feedback always appreciated, many thanks

    – Themis

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    great image and story of that old house. I like how you compared it to the shell, well done!

  • Thank you for the great feedback, much appreciated. Can’t wait to go back to that house, to see what other treasures it hides – even in its derelict state, you can still see how great it once was… Thanks for being such a faithful visitor, really appreciated! :-)

    – Themis

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 4 years ago

    I like the story – I think it’s time to start carrying a polarizing filter around… ;-)

  • Thank you, I’m glad you like it. I didn’t know there are polarising filters for compacts

    – Themis

  • karenkirkham
    karenkirkhamover 4 years ago

    I’m going to have to put visiting Brunswick house on my bucket list – another fabulous shot

  • :-) Thank you – you’ll like the place: I shot 48 pictures in half an hour (no, not all of RB standard :-)) but still…). Thanks again for visiting, feedback (and compliments :-)) much appreciated

    – Themis

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 4 years ago

    There are, see here. But you don’t need to get into that palaver. If you just hold a polarizer filter in front of the camera lens with your other hand, it does the same thing :-)

  • Thank you! :-) I’ll give it some serious thought! May need a bigger handbag ;-)

    – Themis

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterover 4 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • Thank you – visit and feedback are much appreciated

    – Themis

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    oh boy, does this take me back to my childhood!!!! A beauty!!!!

  • :-) Happy to set you off on Memory Lane :-) Thanks for the visit and wonderful feedback, much appreciated

    – Themis

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 3 years ago


  • Many thanks for the good news and congratulations, much appreciated :-)

    – Themis

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