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Issue 12/2009, June 5 2009 (No. 287)

        
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THE DAILY GROOVE ISSUE 012-09:
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I took photographs of houses entrances in a suburb where many members of the upper bourgeoisie live, such as prosperous lawyers, judges, doctors, psychoanalists, medical directors, high officials of the Evangelical Church, managers of quite big companies and in demand artists.

  I saw the subjects, which I had seen at some entrances, again at roof terraces and balconies of other villas in the suburb.

double gate of a villa
This double gate of a villa is armed with stylized arrows and lances.

  Behind the gate there is a kind of small flight of stairs.


stairs to the entrance of a villa-like townhouse
This stairs to the entrance of a villa-like townhouse isn't a small flight of stairs of a mansion, but it looks prestigious because of it's height. A visitor has to look up at the door.

  The terra-cotta jardinières are decorated with festoons, which remind of the Empire style. The boxtrees were globularly pruned as those in spacious parks. At the top of the gate posts there were brazen spheres.
 
Two big terra-cotta jardinières with artificially pruned boxtrees on a roof terrace
Two big terra-cotta jardinières with artificially pruned boxtrees edge a door.

  The door isn't a frontdoor, it only goes to a roof terrace.


two massive Doric columns to the right and the left of a front door
Two massive Doric columns are to the right and the left of a front door, which is a little bit weather-beaten and out of square.

  The flowers in the pot beside the door were toasted.

A little stone lion sits enthroned at the end of the stairs to the entrance of a big town house.
A little stone lion sits enthroned at the end of the stairs which goes to the entrance of a big town house.

  The stair doesn't directly go to the front door.

 
A little stone lion on the parapet of a roof terrace of a big villa
A little stone lion stands on the parapet of a roof terrace of a big villa.
  The balcony boxes on the parapet are decorated with ornaments.

Afterword
When I was reviewing this pictures, I asked myself a lot of questions like, "What was/ is the self-image of the people, who designed those entrances. What kind of self-esteem do people have who enter their flats through such entrances or live behind such walls or have to look down to such backyards?

   
What happens, when people from those different social backgrounds encounter each other, for example as a judge and a defendant, as a doctor and a inpatient, as a doctor and a doctor's assistent?"

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Please also have a look at Charlie Dittmeier's photograph of shacks on the western side of Phnom Penh. The picture is dated May 27 2009. 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 in order to fight poverty and to improve living standards world wide.
 

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