what is it with walls?

The other day, I noticed that I have quite the collection of wall pictures. As in, photographs of walls. Strange, huh? It even surprised me. I’ve never made a conscious effort to photograph walls. After all, what are walls? They’re often part of a structure, but can also make a structure in and of themselves; they can protect the people behind it or the people outside it; they come in a marvellous variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and materials. I guess they’re quite a presence in our everyday lives.

Walls can signify division, or unity. They can be used as an artist’s canvas, a dog’s bathroom, or a climber’s training ground. As all structures humans build, walls are an expression of people’s imagination (or lack thereof), of historical accidents, of our need to boast or survive, and of the different styles preferred throughout the ages. Maybe I do find walls interesting. Imagine that – I never knew.


A stunningly beautiful wall in an old, small mill town in southern Finland, called Fiskars.


Another part of the same wall.


A medieval wall in the ancient city of Chellah, now in Rabat, Morocco.


This wall, in the medina of Rabat, is not as old as the one above, but it might need some maintenance. It’s also very intriguing as it is, though.


Walls are not only vital parts of structures, that need attention to stay useful, but they’re also a building’s face (facade) to the world, that we use to give an impression of ourselves. This wall is part of my summer cottage, a wooden structure built in the 1930’s.


Sometimes we paint walls, sometimes we cover them. This is from inside the medina in Rabat.


Sometimes, we use them as our canvases – as someone did here, in Christiania outside Copenhagen, Denmark.


Every now and then, we build them. “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct” (From Dune by Frank Herbert, also applies to walls!).


Walls are part of our everyday landscapes. The text says (in Finnish), Tomorrow, there will be an ad here as well.

3 thoughts on “what is it with walls?

    • It does feel a bit strange to realize that I’ve spent a lot of my time staring at walls (through the viewfinder). I’m sure someone could come up with a psychoanalytical explanation, but I don’t think I want to hear it!

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