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Issue 5/2009, February 27 2009 (No. 280)

        
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THE DAILY GROOVE
ISSUE 005-09:
ANGLES OF VISION (4)


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Separated by an extra-wide grass verge with a playground, our housing estate is located at an arterial road of the city.

  Across the big road there is a hummock. You can view a section of the estate from that hummock.

When I was looking over the busy broad road at the terraced housing estate, I firstly realized that the 377 houses of the estate, which is the centre of my life, are only a tiny little part of the big city. At the same time I figured out that those houses are a small universe which is sheltered from the noise of the city by green areas and bordering blocks of flats. I saw a lot of bays in a row, one after another.

  Most of the houses have one small bay towards the path. So every one of those bays stands for one house. There is also not much space between the rows. The occupants can only view the neighbouring houses, but not vastness of the city. What a narrowness and closeness, forced by architecture, is there. So, in this narrow niche of the city I have lived for 25 years.
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When I was looking at the estate from the bottom of the hummock, the houses didn't look small and toylike anymore, but rather like scenery, which you passed by. I didn't have a complete view of the ambience anymore .

  In relation to the advance direction sign the small houses, which were located a little bit behind it, were still looking low.
For further information about the advance direction sign see Angels of Vision 1

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That's a view which a car driver would perhaps get, if he glimpsed at the estate from the street. From this angle it caught my eyes that there were satellite dishes on many roof ridges.

  If somebody only caught a glimpse of the houses, they would seem quite uniform to him.
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It was only when I entered the narrow path between the two rows of houses that I was able to realize not only the differences between the houses, but also the confining ambience. There were houses which had a facing of pale bricks.Several bays had been extended, other ones not.

  The occupants had planted the gardens differenty. They tried to moderate the narrowness and stereotypy of the estate by stressing their individuality. At a far distance I made out the stone bulk of an apartment block which sheltered the estate from the next big road.

Please also read

Angles of Vision 2

Angles of Vision 3

Another photo spread about proximity and distance - the Weser river

Please take a look at Charlie Dittmeier's photographof a typical street scene -- probably lower middle-class -- in Phnom Penh. The picture is dated April 7 2006. The link leads to the latest entry of the diary. Please scroll down, if necessary.

The international poster organisation Loesje has started a project to train young people from all over Europe and Asia in how to organise and coordinate information campaigns about the Millennium Development Goals.
 
These goals are set by the United Nations to fight poverty and to improve living standards world wide.

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