MORNING LIGHT, PORCELAIN AND SHADOW

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:

Bathrooms and Outhouses

I do not have any pictures of outhouses, not exterior or worse, from the inside. I haven’t seen or used one of those dreadful places in many years. I consider it a triumph.

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Indoor plumbing is one of the unequivocal improvements in modern human living. I have absolutely not the slightest desire to ever use an outhouse again.

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Smelly, dank, dark, and full of spiders. Sometimes full of other unspeakable things. If you have ever had to use an outhouse in the middle of the night, you know exactly what I mean. {Shiver}

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On the other hand, the light coming in both bathroom windows on the east side of the house, is the best light of the day.

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I take many photographs from those windows. I sometimes can’t resist taking a picture of the room itself in that early morning light.



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14 replies

  1. I think the only time I’ve ever seen an honest to goodness outhouse was at some early settlement that was preserved somewhere in a Chicago suburb on a trip there when I was a kid. I remember the sign on the outhouse said “PRIVY”. From that day on, “privy” has always been one of my favorite words in the English language. It always makes me giggle when I say it…

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    • We used to camp in Maine back in the 1970s. There was no plumbing. No electricity. No running water. We got our drinking water and did our washing in the lake. We had gas, so there was a fridge and a stove … and a woodstove if you needed serious heat.

      Then, there was … (eerie music up full) … the outhouse. I loved the camp. I loved everything except the black flies, the mosquitoes, and that outhouse. I was young then. I could not do it today, not even for one day. Ew.

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  2. … and you were worried you couldn’t come up with anything for this challenge. I really like your second photo. Thanks Marilyn.

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  3. I do use outhouses on a regular basis when traveling 80 miles to the coast. There’s a Port-A-Potty conveniently placed outdoors in Tojan Park halfway to the coast. I do not make a habit of photographing powder blue outhouses so I don’t have a picture to post. Sounds like a reason for an 80 mile ride on a nice Sunday afternoon. Or not!!! LOL

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  4. Nice shots, nice shadow play in shot 2.

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  5. Great photos. In Austria they have those chalet type houses with the balconies. Around the corner, under the eaves of the barn houses on the balcony they have their outhouses. One advantage – you don’t have to go trapsing around in the snow to the outhouse, and two it was directly over the cows affluent, while the obvious disadvantage is how it was just tooo cold for comfort in the winter as well as the smell in the summer. Boy am I glad I live now. Maybe this is just tooo much information

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