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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I am plagiarizing on this one.

A couple of weeks ago...Simply Heather had a most intriguing photo of a master key on her blog. So this is her idea...Heather, I stole your idea! But I will add my picture.

Old keys have always held a special place in my curiosity. I have sets of keys from years ago...forgotten now what they belonged to but it must have been important at the time...after all, it needed to be under lock and key. These old keys belonged to my wife's father. He passed away at 80...these keys must be seventy or more years old and probably to a house he grew up in. Keys like this were needed then for privacy...not to keep burglars out. Because they were "skeleton" keys, they would fit many doors, unlike today...we use keys to stay safe.

20 comments:

Patty said...

Ah, the keys to the castle. Wonderful!

boneman said...

your photo captures a string within my mind. I think it's the idea that it is accessible. I dunno.
I still have a skeleton key on my keys. That way, when folks ask me how old my car is, I can pull it out and show them.

Cynthia said...

Ooooohhh...I've always had a fascination with the old skeleton keys...not sure why, originally, but I guess now it's the nostalgia.
:^)

Simply Heather said...

Oh you...you didn't really steal my idea, you created it (hahaha). I love the old keys too, always have. This is a great photo, Dan. 'Course, you know I'd like it, anyway...I like all of your photos.

Simply Heather said...

These keys have just reminded me, too...

When I was a little girl, these were the keys that unlocked our home. Yup, it's true. I can still remember my mom placing the key in the lock (wow).

Thank you :)

Crazy Mo said...

I love old keys too. They really are works of art.

Congrats on the win at PPP. The newspaper story was great. Anyone with teenagers can totally relate. Our oldest is 26 now (God, I'm getting old!!) and well beyond this stage, but I remember it well. He calls now just to say hi and not to ask for money. A true evolution!

Dan Felstead said...

Patty...they do remind me of those big old keys someone in a swashbuckling movie would pull out with both hands and open a massive door to the tower where the fair maiden is held!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Boneman...great idea! That gesture would not even require a verbal response on your part...just the sight of the key would make your point!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...it used to fascinate me as a kid that a "skeleton" key would open several doors...I never understood how that could be!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...now that I have your blessing...I don't feel guilty!!!

When we were first married (first house we ever bought)we lived in an old farmhouse and it still used these old keys such as these.

Dan

Heather said...

The home I'm renting is old... now sure exactly how old, but all of the bedroom and bathroom doors still have the old locks for those keys. I love that the landlord redid a lot of the inside - new flooring, new appliances, added a bathroom - but left the orignal doors.

Dan Felstead said...

Crazy Mo...Thanks for your comments on the PPP win...The story may have seemed humorous but underneath...if the truth be told...it was sadly true! Sound like you have been there as well! I am glad that I am not the only stupid parent on this earth!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Alabama Heather...
Many of the old houses still have those old locks...nice thing about them is that if you can find even one of these old keys...it will probably still work for all of the doors! Sounds like you have a neat place!

Dan

Highton-Ridley said...

Hey Dan, great subject. Your HDR treatment works well with this subject and is extreme enough to make it a feature (rather than just being overzealous on the eye-candy effect).

Good to see you still experimenting with it :)

Cheers,
--Mark

Mary said...

Oh what beautiful textures in this! I've always loved the shape of skeleton keys -- so much more lovely than today's security keys...

Dan Felstead said...

Mark,

Thanks for the vote of confidence! I really enjoy the HDR world. Still learning but with this technique...there are so many possibilities.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Mary,
Yes...it seems old items often were not just functional but had their own aesthetic beauty as well.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

For those of you reading the comments...Highton-Ridley (Mark) will make a comment from time to time and it is usually has a technical bent. For those of you who enjoy Black and White images...visit his blog to see some of the most wonderful black and white images I have ever seen. He has become a mentor for me as well when it comes to HDR images. I have his link on my blog page or you can just click on his name to go to his site. He is quite the monochrome guru!

Dan

septembermom said...

Old keys do resonate character and a kind of integrity. Mystery too. Great subject for a photo.

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...
Thanks for the comment. I will pass along to Simply Heather your comment about the great subject for a photo!

Dan