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The Miller's Room

I don't really know how straw is made, like in this hat; some Texan I am, yes. It's probably not ground at all, just harvested and processed... from hay? Anyway, here's the miller's living room I talked about below:

I especially liked the patterns which the afternoon light was making on the walls. Not many visitors in this season, so I had a great time to myself... simply to be in the 1700's moments and to set up shots. YUM!

That's a painting of The Falcon mill by van Eyck on the wall, you're standing in it. There's a period 18th century barometer on the wall next to the doorway, millers had to be super weather-forecasters since so much depended on when to run up and unfurl the sails and when to move them back into their housings beside the blade frames. The whole building depended on it, in fact... and the business of the building, the services it provided farmers.

Now it's all satellite forecasting and factory grain processing and not much handmade production at all, nor human touch.

Have we lost something?

That's not a question.


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Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Have you had the opportunity to see Wall-E? I think you would really like it. It actually uses the far future and its technology to make the exact point you're making.

Yes, there is something about old things, something almost palpable, that you can touch and feel all the people who have gone before. I hear the most spiritually insensitive people can feel the WRONGNESS about the area around Auschwitz, for example.

And I'm learning more about light and how it behaves from reading all this, thank you! :)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
No, Wall-E has been suggested to me earlier, will have to see if it's playing here in Dutch with universally graphic images!

Interesting you should mention Auschwitz. There's a photo on the web of Netanyahu leading a March Of The Living into the camp, in 1999... Netanyahu being the political leader who's been asked to form a government for Israel following the election.

This is as close as I've ever been in my life to Auschwitz... and being in Anne Frank's bedroom and attic was a tremendously powerful event for me... she did not actually die in Auschwitz, but she was tortured there for a month, so I'm working myself up to visiting...

For now, I'll take windmills and koffie :)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds WAY more cheerful than Auschwitz to me. :)
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