Monday, March 16, 2009

RAMSEY BAKERY, AMITYVILLE - MONOCHROME ODDSHOTS


Give us our daily bread. Not here.

Monochrome odd shots



I pass this place almost daily and without fail I have a compulsion to look at it. It's the shop for Ramsey Bakery. Yes we make our own bread and cakie things here. Shame this shop is now closed though and you can't buy the bread here. Has been closed for sometime, long before the credit crunch. Don't get me started on this subject of wasted property in Ramsey. Bakery products can still be found throughout the island, like the supermarket opposite this empty shell, but just a little sad that a"local shop for local people" no longer has this outlet. Always had yummy looking cakes to catch the eye in the window too. Left with a yummy looking building instead.



I'll show you the colour another time which always reminds me of a certain painter and doesn't look at all creepy. I'm sure some of you will already can already visualise the colours by that comment. That one really needs to be photographed on a bright sunny day. Same place in black and white and a cloudy place always strikes me as odd. Surely I'm not the only one who sees a sort of manic grimace to the facade and those soulless window eyes following you round. Amityville Ramsey style. Another thing is why are the blinds drawn on a empty shop? In fact why are there even blinds? A Hammer Horror for another day and my over active imagination.



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49 comments:

roentarre said...

This one is captured nicely

The grey graduation is applied nicely. The image conveys a sense of serenity

Abe said...

Nice shot. I love bakery or any bakery as I love fresh baked bread.

ramblingwoods.com said...

It's so sad that so many small businesses go under in favor of giants like Wal-mart...

Jon said...

How come I live here and see what you see but don't really see it! It is spooky!

Dusty Lens said...

Sad to see these bakeries close down. Many of our smaller bakeries have closed well before this economic mess. I guess people are settling for that bland, tasteless chemical sponge bread mass produced and sold in the super marts. Last April, wife and I found ourselves in Paris-bread heaven. You just can't duplicate that smell and taste from mass producing machinery.

Reminds me, I need to bake more bread tomorrow. Say, maybe I could purchase that bakery...providing it's next to nothing.

Carver said...

It is sad when local businesses have to close. I like the stark quality of this shot.

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Aaargh, Amityville! I have an over-active imagination too, and have seen the films....creepy!
Having said that, it's a beautiful shot, the sky behind it looks menacing in B&W too!

cara said...

Spooky! very atmospheric..

kaye said...

Gives me the creeps. Does anyone live above the shop?

Jacob said...

I always feel sad when a good shop closes...there's a bakery in Minneapolis that we've patronized for fifty years, and it shut down just recently...like losing an old friend.

I think the B&W makes the story more dramatic, and the sky, with a threatening appearance, racks it up another notch.

I can hear the music in the background...the swish of drums and the plaintive sound of a tenor sax...

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

That's interesting. Your right.. there is a grimace a bit creepy and the clouds add quite the backdrop.

Norwod

allhorsestuff said...

Poor little building...needs some lovin!Thanks for sharing you daily view

Gattina said...

Unfortunately that must be a kind of fashion in whole Europe to close down little shops and built more and more supermarkets. It's exactly the same here too and it is so difficult for people who can't drive or who are too old to get used to these shopping monsters !

Anonymous said...

Very sad.

Bim said...

Love the Ramsey Bakery as you see it - let us know if it reopens.

RuneE said...

Some houses indeed looks like faces. I haven't thought of seeing how they compare in colour versus b & w, but I have some on my disc somewhere that it might be worth while trying out.

PS Thank you for the pleasant comment! Means a lot coming from a professional to an ordinary amateur trying to improve his photography.

Anonymous said...

Ramsey Bakery never scared me, it does now.

RuneE said...

Me again - I forgot to add that the dummy was standing far out in the street from the shop I suppose it belonged to - which ever it was.

Kitty said...

So the supermarket giant got that little bakery as well? I read the first paragraph and was thinking that it would be a nice building to renovate into a house - and then the second paragraph made me totally change my mind.

Aileni said...

As I might have said before - they call it 'progress'.
Get your cardboard and plastic across the street.

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh yes, we know of Ramsey Bakery dont we? lol! I can vouch for the quality of birthday cakes! lol!

Reader Wil said...

I know what you mean! We have two bakeries in this little village of ours and if you enter their shops you can smell the smell of freshly baked bread. While in the supermarket everything has the same smell.

Robin said...

How sad that it's gone under and all you're left with is a mass market chain.

That's one of the things I love most about my neighborhood - while there are big chain stores on the edge of town it's still full of small shops where they know you, know your kids and what they like best, and are quick with a favor when you need it - whether it's a hand with your parcels or letting you take a full wagon's worth of produce home even when you've stupidly left your credit card behind, because they know you'll be back with it the next day. My local pharmacy will even run medicines over to my home (just around the corner) when I'm stuck home with a sick child.

Fortunately the bakery next to that pharmacy doesn't deliver - for that we actually have to go ourselves. Good thing too, I'd be big as a house otherwise LOL.

Joe Narvaez said...

I wonder how Ramsey bread tastes like... Good subject for your mono!

uncleawang said...

Wow!!!!I love this monochrome.

Cath said...

A moody shot - sad to me, not horror. Shame it is closed...

Jim said...

It seems more and more local shops are falling to the big box stores. We still have a few here though.

Catherine said...

Looking at it the way you explained it, yes, Babooshka, I watch an awful grimace, with a tight lipped mouth !
Regular customers must make the same grin.
That's the city life that is disapprearing with these little shops, of course. Like it is even in our big cities where little food shops are replaced by cellular telephone shops, or real estate (wonder if they heard about crisis ?)
A god bakery is a need !

Carolina said...

Sad photo. I can see the grimace. Curious how it will look in colour.

Dina ... UK said...

Now! you have my imagination going.

What was in the cakies...LOL

I tried taking photos of steps at Hunstanton yesterday, tried to get your effect from the steps you posted..:-/

George Townboy said...

That does it, I'm headed straight for my local bakery when I leave for work! Not only to support the little business, but also because I'm starving now!! LOL

Great shot!!

Bibi said...

Bakeries abound here, but the good ones are fewer and fewer in number. Tendency seems to be for loaves to be like what my mother calls, "light and windy".

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yes, it's very sad to see small businesses close. We once had a wonderful bakery in our village too. They made the best cheddar bread imaginable. Ah, the memories!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

as long as you can get your daily freshly baked bread (and not that bake-off supermarket trash), i dont think it matters where it comes from

Tanya said...

My grandparents always bought their bread at a local bakery. Now I'm thinking my mom told me recently they shut down. I remember walking home from school and stopping their along the way for a donut.
Anxious to see this in color.

John said...

Neat shot!
It is sad when small local businesses need to give up.

JC said...

They say when one door closes another one opens... we can hope for the best in any circumstance and this little building certainly deserves that :-) It's a wonderful, thought provoking shot!

Peter said...

So, when do you move to France? Plenty of bakeries, still! :-)

Daryl said...

As always an excellent shot .. do they make good bread and pastry there?

Chuck Pefley said...

As long as you're in a questioning mood, why not find out why the blinds are not drawn down to the same level on both sides? That bothers me ... I want symmetry ... and fresh bread -:)

Brian Miller said...

nic pic. don't know why but the pic by itself seems rather spooky to me...rather Alfed Hitchcock

storyteller said...

Perfect choice for a monochrome shot!
Hugs and blessings,

Ken Mac said...

i feel your pain. All the old bakeries have closed here. Damn fear of carbohydrates!

Jackie said...

Mmm. It is a bit creepy in this shot! I think I'd run past it, just in case they get me.

Gail's Man said...

A shame, as I'm sure it was a popular shop in its time. I bet it will be sold and turned into a holiday home or something.

Mo said...

Oh nothing like a local bakery. Much better than the supermarket variety. Hopefully a neww baker will take up from where this one left off.

George said...

What a great moochrome picture. It's too bad that the bakery closed -- places like that were always special. I still remember the bakery in my hometown.

Lindab said...

You've got me really spooked about this building after reading your commentary!

Kilauea Poetry said...

I like your sky watch photo...and the emerald green. This bakery is neat. The only decent one on this side of the Island I'm on closed too! The economy is worse than ever though we were way ahead in this area-
Nice photos- all-

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