Sunday, 2 June 2013

Freud does not live here anymore
Time goes by in Alsergrund


’T IS an honorable thought,
And makes one lift one’s hat,


As one encountered gentlefolk
Upon a daily street,


That we ’ve immortal place,
Though pyramids decay,


And kingdoms, like the orchard,
Flit russetly away.
- Emily Dickinson -


The courtyard of the apartment building
where Sigmund Freud lived and worked
for almost 50 years, until he and his family
had to flee Vienna in 1938, to escape Nazi persecution


1 June 2013
Images © by Merisi

Links:
-> Sigmund Freud @ Wikipedia
-> Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna, Berggasse 19
-> City Daily Photo June Theme Day - The beauty of decay

49 comments:

  1. Einfach wunderbare Photos!

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  2. Lovely sights (and quotes) as usual. :-)

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  3. Great posting.
    Image 4 and 5 are my favorits.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you!
      I shot them from different floors of the building.

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  4. A very impressive collection of photographs. Marvellous quotes too.

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  5. You’ve made a great Theme Day post. I like photos 3 and 4 best.

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    1. I was going to call #4 "Decay has a face" - too sappy, I thought. ;-)

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  6. What a great sequence, such variety of views. And even deep and meaningful poetry!

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  7. Quite a beautiful post!

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  8. Beautiful etched glass window (I think) to add prettiness to your view.

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    1. Yes, etched glass windows, that's where the ghostly shadows come from!

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  9. I love how you took these from different angles. And until you mentioned 'face' in previous comment, I had overlooked that!

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    1. That face is quite a sight, isn't it?

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  10. Lovely photos with great delicacy.

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  11. These captures have such a grace and sublime light! I always wondered about Freud's life before this flight - lovely to see this. And love Emily Dickinson, a perfect quote.

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  12. Your photos are lovely! What a treat to see so much of Vienna.

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  13. Wizardly captures, Merisi!

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  14. What a treasure you have found. The decay is truly beautiful and the shots taken through the etched glass windows are an artistic setting.

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Thank you, Genie!
      Believe it or not, I had not noticed the little temple during my previous visits (I tend to shlep visitors there, I want them to see where Freud lived and go through the experience of contemplating what it must have meant for him and so many others, to leave it all behind- and his family at least escaped the concentration camps and almost certain death).

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  15. as usual your photos are stunning and the composition, and depth...Love it!

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  16. Great pics indeed. Cool to see that courtyard.

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    1. I shot the pictures from the windows of the staircase. I felt as if entering a different realm, catching my breath thinking of who has walked up and down those steps before me.

      The second of the many times I have walked up those steps to visit the Freud apartment, I felt transported back in time and then thrown into another realm entirely. Upon entering the foyer, I suddenly realized why my friend and I had to leave even our handbags downstairs: there, sitting on a chair, totally alone, sat Benjamin Netanyahu. He was not Prime Minister back then, it must have been 2006, still, it was a memorable encounter.

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  17. Lovely coutyard! Thank for showing us where Sigmund Freud once lived.

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    1. Thank you! I feel privileged being able to walk where Freud has walked before.

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  18. Wonderfully atmospheric. Very serene.
    Perfect place for distressed minds to seek solace...

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    1. I agree, Carol, thank you! :-)

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  19. Freud Museum?! Sounds really interesting. Perhaps I could understand his theories better after seeing his museum! :) Lovely pictures again!

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    1. No guarantee for that, but seeing where and how a person lived, may give us some insight into their lives in general.

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  20. SUNDAY, 2 June 2013:
    I re-published this post in order to make it possible to comment for another 24 hrs without CAPTCHA - enjoy! :-)

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  21. Lovely glass etchings.

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  22. Merisi, I thank you for this post. I hope to visit this place myself some day.

    xo

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  23. What a beautiful post. Fitting the poetry in with the photos was inspired!

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  24. those are very pretty pictures!
    and yes, its exactly as you said; i remember where we bought each piece of furniture, and its so sad to now having to get rid of it... but well... time for new memories and all! :)

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  25. A lovely place wonderfully photographed by you.

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