I’ve been living in this neighbourhood for a long time time. And as long I’ve been making excuses for not taking photo walks around: weather, work, lack of time or my dislike for urban photography (just as much as I like living in a city, I dislike taking photos of it).
For years my area has been known to be the place where you better watch where you walk and some people think it is still true, but I tend to disagree. A lot has changed – houses are renovated, small restaurants and cafes pop up and people seem to care more.
I had a look at a new edition of “Art Nouveau in Poznań” with all the beautiful pictures and maps and I thought it would be great to have a walk around.
Not only people make the history of the city. The history hidden in everything that surrounds you when you walk around with your head up. Beautiful old tenant houses, delicately sculptured balconies, amazing moldings full of flowers and leaves making up for comlex compositions – this is the art nouveau we want to save. This book (…) is an invitation to follow the footsteps of art nouveau in Poznań.(text on the bookcover)
So, I accepted the authors’ invitation and started a walk in my favourite neighbourhood. These are the places I pass on my way almost everyday – when I go for shopping, park a car, or visit an office.
There’s an office in on of the building that I sometimes had to visit and I never liked it. Then I didn’t pay any attention to the decorated interior – who would?
I hardly every see the interiors of the neighbouring old houses and this was the reason to go inside.
It’s enough to walk along just one street and you see many examples of art nouveau.
As I said before, the area has changed a lot in recent years, still, there are many dilapidated buildings that wait to be renovated.
This is just a part of my hood. And a very small part of what was presented in the book so I hope to read more and walk more soon.