Wednesday, August 12, 2009

roofography: post code 4101

West End (post code: 4101) "Just beyond South Bank and within walking distance of the city, West End is a lively mixture of cultures. It has long been home to migrant and indigenous communities, and in recent years as been redeveloped. You'll find a diverse range of cuisines in restaurants, take-aways and coffee shops along Boundary Street and surrounding areas. The West End / Dutton Park area is just across the Brisbane River from Toowong and St Lucia, which makes it a popular spot for university students to live."
~ [Brisbane City Life website]

Here are some West End roofs. Or rooves? I'm not quite sure what the plural of roof is. I think the correct spelling is roofs but pronounced rooves. Or maybe I just made that up. Oh I know! I'll call them rooftops!







And here is where I confess to having a bit of a nerdy obsession with rooftops. I so enjoy walking around taking photos of rooftops! Old corrugated iron ones being my favourites! So by way of feeding my obsession I plan to do a semi-regular random series of posts featuring rooftops that appeal to me around Brisbane.

"The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary"
~ Alfred Kreymborg

48 comments:

Bentley's Photoblog said...

This is a fantastic idea for a series. Those last two photo are breathtaking! You've inspired me to take notice of rooftops from now on!

I missed out on posting my shadow shots on the weekend so I have a growing stockpile for the coming weeks!

Marissa said...

You have a beautiful blog!

cabin + cub said...

great series... i can imagine jumping from one rooftop to another now... wouldn't actually do it of course.

art ache said...

This is a lovely series of photos and I am so envious of your blue skies! The AK quote is great!

Tali Schiffer said...

Looks like you had a nice sunny day for your Roofography...
Thanks for your comment on my blog... Means a lot!

soopkitsch said...

What a cool collection of rooftop photos and a great idea for an ongoing series. Love the name! I love the vine covered chimney one best!

Geotacs said...

what a cool blue of an idea to capture different roofs against the blue sky!

keep them coming!

cheers!

Cat Ludwig Studio said...

So fun! I feel like I'm there with you on your walk!

frayedattheedge said...

I don't think a roof obsession is strange (I like post boxes and old gates/gateposts) (and Sarah - Circles of Rain - likes rusty things!!) The blue of the sky is wonderful - it was a bit grey and wet this afternoon!

Anonymous said...

I like your rooftops very much. I can see the attraction and the blue sky such a backdrop! Margaret Gosden

Celeste Maia said...

I love your roof shots, absolutely fantastic idea, they make me feel as if I am flying in a dream. I dream a lot of flying over rooftops, in fact painted a painting on the subject.
Lovely entry, as always, a pleasure for the eyes.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a great idea! It seems like addiction searching for a nice spot, huh? I myself, I love doors,windows and fences.

I can't wait to see your series and I might show you mine, one beautiful day.

Have a wonderful dreamy Wednesday.
xoxo

bobbie said...

And why not? It sounds like a fun series. I'll be interested to see it.

myan photography/zuppaartista said...

what a great idea for a series!! i love your shots!
thanks for the tour of brisbane! :)

Sam said...

I love that blue blue sky and the terracotta colours!! So pretty Tracy!! Maybe you could do a book or something? I'm an architecture nutter - so I'm quite fond of rooftops too!! I hope your week is going swimmingly Tracy!! :)

MonikaRose said...

HI, wow, great shots, love the one with the chimney overgrowing with greens, interesting choice of obsession with rooftops, but I like iron myself, cool :) Have a great day :) MOnikaROse

Monica said...

Nice rooftops. I'm sticking with that word as well. I'm not entirely sure what the exact wording is to pluralize roof. I do like these pictures.

my barbaric yawp said...

A friend told me about your blog today because I share your passion with taking photos of roofs. Your images are sensational! I like your clever term "Roofography." Would you mind if I borrowed it? I'm so pleased to have discovered your blog!

M.Kate said...

Interesting...I'll go have a peek at others roof too. Never heard of rooves...but roofography sounds neat..and I thought it was a new term for some camera thingy- like the Ttv hehe :P Hope your neighbors aren't suspicious of you wandering around their compound. Happy week...oh, weekend's oh so near :P

Chrisy said...

What an interesting obsession you have here girl...love these pics...West End has so many interesting vistas...pity it's getting so gentrified...

Bec said...

Oh wow Tracy, I love these shots! I know what you mean about roofs. I mean rooves. I mean rooftops....whatever. My favourite type is the old coloured corrugated iron. Red ones and Green ones are the best I reckon :)

Hey Harriet said...

my barbaric yawp - I tried visiting your blog but couldn't access it due to it being private, so I'll answer your question here in case you pop back. Yes of course use the word 'roofography' if you like. Go for it! Thanks so much for visiting! And I love the 'my barbaric yawp' name. It's funny, I almost used that Walt Whitman quote for this post. How freaky!

Paz said...

I love your roof top shots. You've inspired me to look at mine and take some photos. ;-)

Paz

Tracy said...

LOVED this post, Tracy... and what a great idea for a photo series. I had a similar idea, for I love looking at rooflines and crazy about architecture...This was fun! Happy Day ((HUGS))

Gina said...

love your roof top shots T..I can't get over that blue sky, we've been having minor floods down here this week, not a trace of blue to be seen!
A good friend of mine lived in West End for several years..she's back here now..but was a 'west end girl' for a while..can't get that song outta my head now ;P

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

I've gotta say I'm rather attracted to "rooves" myself. I love interesting lines and I too am partial to metal. What a clever inspiration for semi-regular posting:) I will be looking forward to seeing the rooftops of Brisbane!
I'm wondering why those things are standing up like that on the last roof?!

Victoria said...

Fabulous subject matter, Tracy!
The white vine covered chimney and the white Mediterranean looking "Zapeion" are my favs. That blue sky is also perfection and I love the quote. Great job!

cara said...

Great idea - and in my suburb too! I'll have to start looking up myself...

Gabbi said...

Lovely rooftop photos... don't blame you for the obsession at all!

Blossom said...

Your passion in photography is something to be proud of. You take nice photos. I like reading your post, too! A bit funny!

Angelia said...

I love roof tops as well, I had fire on my roof this week.

Square Peg Guy said...

The stunningly deep blue sky is a wonderful contrast for all these roofs, er rooves, rooftops! :)

Paula Scott said...

But, you do roofs so well!!

drollgirl said...

these are so beautiful!!!

and i struggle with this damn english language, too, even though it is the only one i know! my recent issue: SCARF, SCARFS, SCARVES? ugh! hahahahha!

:)

Martha said...

My first thought was that you could probably make this a meme - look how unusual and original your shadow shots meme is and how popular it is!

You have a very different and very interesting eye for things I love that!

Oh I know - you could do an "up high and down low" meme - photos of roof tops or the tops of anything or shots of things on the ground or taken from ground level perspective. I know I'd play :-)

Mary-Laure said...

What a fun collection of roofs. I love the old tv antennas...

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful photos. My shadow shot is up on my photo-a-day blog here:
http://discoverpa.blogspot.com

Chris said...

Uh oh....Harriet's done lost her mind. She shouting from the rooftops! ;)

Great shots. Love the deep blue sky.

Ackworth born said...

I love the fourth and fifth of these especially. It is amazing how some lovely old roofs top ugly new facades.

I was told 40 years ago that "rooves" was "archaic".

Ali said...

Love, love this post Tracy! Thank you for sharing these lovely images - look at that sky!!!
As a fellow roof-lover, I also love the photos of Ansel Adams - his corrugated roof ones especially.
have a happy week!

Sarah said...

I like your rooftop photos-it is an interesting subject. THe sky is so very blue too-shows them off to perfection!

prashant said...

Looks like you had a nice sunny day for your Roofography...
Thanks for your comment on my blog... Means a lot!


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lyptis said...

Oh, i love this post, rooftops, buildings, the sky, lovely things!
I especially like the overgrown chimney!

(and re to ur reply on my blog, No, the serger worms dont squish when i step on them, they just cling to my tights;)

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