Photographer's Note

After my long excursion to Turkey in 1971 I steer my time machine back to the age of digital photography. I have so many photos that didn't make it onto the site, often because they seemed so odd that I never quite found the courage to show them. I decided now to try my luck anyway.

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo) was a so-called Spaghetti Western from 1966, directed by Sergio Leone and starring among others Clint Eastwood. That title came to my mind when thinking of what to call this photo.

The Good is of course the nice young lady, the Bad would be the building in the background, once looking good but now in a state of slow decay. The Ugly could be none other than the nearest building, never looking good and now ridiculously dilapidated.

This is from the Czech city of Olomouc, generally a very nice and photogenic city where I had a most pleasant stay for a couple of days in 2015. But every time I walked past this side street, just off one of the main streets in the old part of the city, I could hardly believe my eyes. How could an abandoned building as ugly as this be allowed to remain in such a potentially precious spot?

I guess this is one of those cases where something looks so desperately ugly that you feel pity for it and reluctantly start to like it. I did.

Here is a larger version.

In a WS you can see the ugly building from around the corner, where it faces the main street.

You can locate this side street, called Akademická, by clicking at the Map: view.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12689 W: 572 N: 24298] (103520)
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