brick study #1

By: Lesley

Apr 20 2011

Category: Brantford


Focal Length:4.9mm
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The colour of bricks depends on the iron content of  the clay from which they are made. It is interesting to see the variations in colour from town to town as most buildings were built using local clay or stone. I rather like the imperfect, rough texture of these older bricks and am glad the paint is wearing off.

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10 comments on “brick study #1”

  1. Loved your feature on the brick wall. I like things simple but yet very appropriate.

  2. It looks like a lot of “clinker brick” was used in this wall, lots of texture here.

  3. this is a lovely-to-look at photo. I could just keep staring at it. I love the peeling paint. you’re right about the variations in brick colors due to the type of clay in the surrounding area. Milwaukee has been known as “Cream City” for a long time; the red clay along the western shores of Lake Michigan turns a light yellow after the bricks are fired. and oddly enough, the bricks are known for having superior strength and weather-resistant qualities. the city has a lot of historic cream city brick buildings that are in excellent shape. see what you started?

    • around the southwestern parts of Ontario (by Lake Michigan) the bricks are buff coloured, too. I have become fascinated during my travels how each town is so very different even though they are not so far apart. I’m sure people would think it very strange if they knew what I was sometimes really photographing!!

  4. I love the look of this one. The textures and mix of color is fabulous.

  5. What a great shot! God is in the details, isn’t he.

  6. Very interesting !

  7. I think it’s terrible that they painted that beautiful brick! Glad it’s wearing off and hope they lieave it alone!!!

  8. You will find lots of these types of buildings here. Our town was founded by german settlers and they certainly preferred brick buildings. But, we have a lot of natural limestone buildings as well. Lots of quarries in Missouri.

    I also love the textures and colors in this shot.

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