When you look at a building, what do you see? You might pick up on its design, size, shape, style, colour, or interesting architectural features. You might notice how many windows it has, how it has been extended, or how it looks in its setting compared with surrounding buildings. Or, of course, you might just see a building.
Using image manipulation software to create a ‘pencilled sketch’ effect from digital photographs of buildings in Dartmouth, it struck me how the result highlighted their architectural features so much more clearly than was apparent in the original image. By fading the colours and blurring some of the detail, the principal lines of the building and its architectural elements really stand out.
The shape and spacing of the timber frame studding in the pub are suddenly more prominent, the shape of the first floor lattice windows becomes visible, and the Victorian lamp post appears as a feature.
In this image of terraced houses, it is the balcony details that really stand out, their design and shape, and the lower level of those on the yellow building. The finials on the end building suddenly emerge, and the colour wash creates a peaceful contrast to the busyness of the architectural details.
The large building on the street corner has prominent jettying and impressive window bays. The close studding of the timber framing is striking and the whole is offset by the modern street scene taking place below.
This seems a good technique to adopt for raising awareness of architectural features and one I shall be using to help my clients see their property in a new light.
Posted in Architecture, Blog Tagged architectural historian, building history, house detective, house history, timber-framed, vernacular architecture