Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Charleston Shutters

Shutters, Tradd Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok


As you stroll along the narrow streets and alleyways of old Charleston, you will notice most residential windows come adorned with a functioning pair of shutters. For a city that can be exposed to heavy weather from the sea... tropical storms and hurricanes... having shutters that quickly close to protect windows is a benefit. Shutters are usually made of timber and painted an assortment of colors pre-approved by the Board of Architectural Review (BAR).

But one shutters to think what would happen if an unapproved color was ever used... say, neon pink polka dots over a dayglow green background. Egads!

(If you click on the link above and "Launch Color Visualizer", you can paint the town red... or any color you prefer!)


26 comments:

  1. I love a town full of shutters--it's how a place should look. The angular light shows so much great detail here Doug. Nicely see and composed.

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  2. A very cool capture with the diagonal decision and light source !

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  3. A superior image of some rather sub-standard painting and decorating.

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  4. love the strong shadow
    i wonder if one could lock that with the thick paint...

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  5. Do you have such old shutters in Charleston? That's amazing!

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  6. Very cool tone , like a door into the ghost's house. Cheers

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  7. beautiful shot, shadows, lights, loneliness ...
    Very Beuno photography.
    Greetings .-

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  8. wow, painted right down to the hook-and-eye.

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  9. I like this color. Very nice texture.

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  10. They look solid enough to withstand almost anything.

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  11. Colours pre-approved by the Board?
    There's no absolute freedom in the States. Ha!
    Even in the communist Cuba, people can choose their own colours for their windows. ;0)
    But you know what...
    Malaysia is worse than both USA and Cuba.
    Yes, it's a communist democracy. ;p

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  12. wonderful blue, great close up, your picture is beautiful!
    Léia

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  13. What a blue! Very beautiful detail.
    Have a nice day.

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  14. Shooters it,s what we are going to need, because the sea it,s coming very rough. Nice photo, I like the colour.
    Greetings

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  15. The heavily overpainted shutter has a fine color and looks well maintained. I can see someone wanting something different getting turned down by the board.

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  16. I am almost sure they don't open this door anymore.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  17. The shadows and textures are fabulous. I wonder what is behind this beautiful turquoise door?

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  18. very attractive details, color and textures ...

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  19. I'm sure that neon pink polka dots over a dayglow green background would have its admirers...but this one is like an abstract blue symphony - and minimalist too!

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  20. color has to be approved? wow.. talk about strict.. but yeah, if someone was to paint it in the color you described, then that'd be weird.. :D nice shot!

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