And a new roof.  And some windows.  And a few minor touch-ups here and there.

This house is situated squarely in the heart of a really bad neighborhood.  This house was shot in the same area as last week’s blog “Developers Hit The Swamp” and showcases a house just down the street.  I believe this home is part of the rezoning plan by the local developers, and if the plans go through it will be undoubtedly demolished to put up a shiny new monster condo project.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

The roof is in incredibly poor shape, more on that in a subsequent image…  the basement window is broken and has a sheet of plywood installed.  The stairs in particular are 2 different colors and the textures really pop with the HDR processing.  With all that being said, the satellite dish is intact, in good order, and I am sure works just fine.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

As we come around a bit and take the house head-on, we start to notice other interesting elements at play here.  In this image, the stairs are really showing their age and wear, leaving the viewer with a feeling of a very old and well-loved home.  The red blanket in the window is a real colorful touch to a rather chromatic overall scene.  And the windows in what once was the garage are now sheets of plastic hastily taped over the openings.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

In this final photo, the blanket in the window truly is a strong element, as is the plastic window covering for the basement/garage.  Once again, we can really feel the texture and details of the stairs and how weathered and worn they are.  But in all honestly, the biggest element to take in with this photo is the roof.  In this image you can clearly see we have 2 different colors and styles of roof at play here on this old home.

As I’ve mentioned before I do find beauty in the strangest places.  This home is one of my favorites in terms of a photographic study.  The textures and details that emerge during the HDR processing can only be found on a truly neglected older home, as Mother Nature herself begins to reclaim the home, its materials and the surrounding land over a period of time.

We really hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, please feel free to leave a comment!  We do love to hear from you all.  Thanks for popping by!!




  1. avatar Saul Hudson says:

    Boy Toad it sure looks like many a family has lived under that patchworked roof, the stairs have so much character,and the satellite dish is the mutt’s nuts.Your first two shots show a glimpse of the future that is about to overtake this neighborhood.Please keep up the great work!!

    • Hey, mon frere, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment today! I don’t know if you are familiar with Victoria or not, but this particular neighborhood has been in slow decline for years now and that tipping point where the developers come in and start grabbing land to build up has started. The problem with this is all the character of the area is lost forever to another cement monstrosity. Was it Joni Mitchell who said “Pave paradise and put up a parking lot”.

  2. avatar Dr Ernie Shaffer says:

    Wow I sure hope you shot these images from inside your locked car.Do you take a bodyguard with you ?Toad you sure put yourself out there to get some of these shots,impressive my friend!

    • The Toad is quick to hop away from danger!! I wear good sneakers whilst out and about on our missions of photography. It’s all in the name of capturing art! Thanks for popping by today and leaving us a comment, we sure do appreciate that.