Thursday, 26 February 2009

behind door number nine

Nikon D80 | 1/80 seconds | f 5.6 | ISO 160 | 90 mm [left side]
Nikon D80 | 1/80 seconds | f 3.5 | ISO 1250 | 18 mm [right side]
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I remember as if it was yesterday. But it’s almost a year now. We were on the way to Sighisoara, beloved place of my next to come dreams. The lady at with we were suppose to stay canceled the reservation at the last moment, but with some help we managed to find another place to stay. At first, it sounded strange on the phone: “yes we have just one room and actually you we’ll be our first guests to sleep in it”.

After five hours driving on a not so welcoming weather we arrived at the fortress gates. We were told that it’s possible to enter on the narrow paved streets with our cars. And after just another five minutes, there we were, in front of door number nine.
Just one meter from it a little store inviting you to buy souvenirs. We met our host inside. She was a souvenir to take her self with a delicate smile and all so dressed in an original medieval outfit. The things became even stranger when she gave us the keys: two long rusted and heavy iron keys.

We stood now in front of the door number nine like we were in front of the rabbit’s magic whole. As we will have to find out later, the house was a historical monument and it had only three rooms, all redecorated recently. It was a family treasure and a family small business.

The door opened with an ancient voice in the background. We weren’t sure anymore of anything. The knotty wall seamed more like those of a cave. At the right a little garden carved in stone. It looked so intimate with that only for two bench and those half-melted candles.

We fallowed the winding stairs up to the first floor. There she was. Another era recreated in the smallest details. I should not unveil any of them. It’s not a place to be told about it, but a place to discover in person.

Shortly after this charming encounter I will have to return. I will have to have a prelude and an afterglow on the ledge of the bathrooms window. I will have to eat one of the best pies I have ever tasted and take in account that I’m not a very good friend with the sweets. I will have to climb the almost 200 stairs nearby the house until it will take my breath away. I will have to get married in the beautiful church up the hill seven months later. That special is this place for me.

“Every wall is a door.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson [american poet, lecturer and essayist. 1803-1882]

32 comments:

Tudor said...

hm, prelude and afterglow? that's a bold statement at least. you made me giggle, but you also made me want to visit this "next to come dreams" place. care to share any contact?
what a great idea to join these two images. exceptional work

Andreea Huivan said...

Your world is magic, colorful, like a playground for people who still remember laughter. Great work, Romina! Don't ever give up on this dream...

Krims@nline.be said...

Magical, ... !

Philip said...

It does look like a truly magical place I really like the textures in the walls

Elaine- said...

i was touched by your story, and the photograph, the candle light seems a bit out of place, i like it! i'm either already subscribed to you, or i couldn't find your RSS feed :)

yz said...

very nice old yard

EYES WIDE SHUT said...

A perfect marriage of words and image, such a superbly presented scene

613photo said...

Excellent. There's something very claustrophobic about it. Love the story, too. Seems a strange place to me.

albertaphotography said...

another very creative diptych. Well done.

Ankush said...

I loved the narration. There are a very good set of images on display, well done. Thanks for your visits and comments on my blog.

Susan said...

Such atmosphere in this image...well seen and captured!

don said...

Magical pictures and a text that mesmerizes one with images and ideas! The interior shot is so interesting with little details that raises questions. A fine post!

Anonymous said...

the scenery and the colors are fantastic - great work
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beanow said...

Magic place, composition and colouring. I love it!

Arjan - PlasticDaisy said...

Beautiful intimate scene!

Pere Chuli√° said...

Me gustan estas composiciones tan abigarradas y coloristas. Tienen un aspecto antropológico y documental muy interesante. Tecnicamente perfecta. Buen trabajo. Un saludo.

Laurie said...

Wonderful post here. Great story and photos.

sherri said...

Interesting details and I like how you've displayed the exterior and interior.

Mario said...

What an interesting place!
A wonderful atmosphere.

Ivar said...

It took a moment before I realized it was two pictures.

Great perspective with a lot of great textures... Very nice work

Zing said...

Love the composition, great shot.

veronic said...

looks so old, great.... mysterious..so many eyears have passing bye

Bogdan said...

Nice compostition. Sighisoara always had that old touch on everything

WABIKOJA said...

Very nicely done. Great composition, framing and detail.

robertiez said...

Really amazing shot, like it!

Joachim said...

Interesting ambience. I like colors.

Andy said...

Wow really cool scene that seems like it is from another time!!

k@ said...

Thanks a lot for your kind comment, my friend ! It's a pleasure to share - i enjoy this set of yours too, the soft tones, that composition, the walls and the wood as if having a dialogue together... A real good scene ready for something to happen, as if in a theater. See you*

CushmoK said...

very nice sunset....

Ankush. said...

great capture and well processed. cool shot. thanks for your visits and comments.

NarB said...

Un ciel magique et une ambiance merveilleuse.

Siam said...

c'est tres beau dans cette conception de couleurs.