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A specific type of photography I enjoy is working with realtors to capture interiors and exteriors of homes and properties that they plan to sell. This is a category that certainly offers variety both in subject matter and a varied glimpse at the human connection between person and place. Each property is different, and I view the privilege of entering the seller’s home to photograph it a personal opportunity to see what’s on the walls and on the counter tops .   Most all the houses are “staged”, that is prepared by a stager, hired by the realtor to get the house picture ready, so all the  homeowner’s stuff is hidden away in closets and garages  . There are however, hints of human inhabitation, for example, almost every kitchen has a Keurig coffee pod maker. That would not have been on a kitchen counter 10 years ago.  Spa tubs are standard for higher end master bathrooms.  I have seen them in luxury homes built in the 1960’s where they are much smaller and usually the tub colors are not white.  See the examples.

Spa tub in high end home built in 1960.  I guess the gold fixtures are the indication.

Spa tub in high end home built in 1960. I guess the gold fixtures are the indication.

Today's standard spa tub configuration.

Today’s standard spa tub configuration.

It’s a wonder why builders couldn’t do this back then.   Another observation I have made since being in and out of many homes are the inspirational phrases painted right on the walls.

Sorting Life...One Load at a Time

Sorting Life…One Load at a Time

The Best Place To Be Is Together

The Best Place To Be Is Together

Your Dream Comes True

Your Dream Comes True

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

These images are all from different Homes.  There were many more that I have seen. ( I digitally removed them in post production to make the walls less influential ), phrases like :  “Because Two People Fell In Love” and ” Always Kiss Me Goodnight” and ” You Can Never Have Too Much Happy”.   If I were to take the cynical viewpoint, I might categorize this kind of decorating as whimsically tacky, but to look at it another way, I might see it as a constant reminder of the positive in life.   There is nothing wrong with that.

 

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