Sunday, May 31, 2009

Windows 99

Hmmm...I Googled both composers, and this bust sort of looks more like Beethoven, but am not sure. Bach seems to have had longer, curlier hair... I don't think anyone lives in this house anymore, but our musical friend stands guard.

Notice the tape traces of X's on the windows. During both World Wars, Belgraders X'd over their windows with tape so they wouldn't break from the reverberation of explosions. Many did the same during the NATO bombing in 1999, and such windows were dubbed "Windows -99"!

11 comments:

Jacob said...

That's so sad. People in Florida tape their windows during hurricanes even though the "experts" say it does not good whatsoever.

Love this photo, though!

~Cheryl said...

Curious scene--you captured a lot! The plant seems to be doing well.

Jilly said...

What a fabulous photograph - the beautiful old window, the worn paint, the crosses, the shadows, the plant. I remember taping windows when I lived in Cairns in Queensland at Hurricane time. Amazing to think these were known as Windows - 99 - so recent, so utterly terrible.

Marie Reed said...

My jaw just dropped! This is such a fascinating shot!

Alexa said...

I 'm not sure I can express just how much I like this photo. And the fact that it has a compelling story to go with . . . wow!
Believe it is Beethoven.

raf said...

Remarkable photo and post, Bibi. Thank you for your beautiful images and history lessons and reminders of how recent the agony of war has touched Belgrade.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

so like this shot....beautiful capture.

Tash said...

Tremendous photograph. I think you are right about it being Beethoven. Didn't know about Windows-99. Good and sublte reminder.

Laughing Boy said...

Beautiful photo with an interesting story behind it.

Joni said...

I love this one! Will you sell an 8x10?

Kim said...

Bibi, you're really shooting high pro level shots. This should be a book cover. I love learning the background of the Xs.
-Kim