I rented a movie this weekend called "Nights in Rodanthe", and as the movie began to unfold, I wondered where I had seen the house before, and then I realized ... ta-da ... it's the same house, well almost the same house, that was in the wonderful movie "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events". Can you see the resemblance, or is it just me?
A few weeks ago my good friend Russell at Iowa Grasslands took a photograph of an old house out on the plains of Iowa, and as soon as I saw it I thought, "Where have I seen that house before?" And then I realized it looks very much like a painting by Edward Hopper called "Ryder's House", painted in 1933. Can you see the similarities -- the chimneys, the roof lines, the shadows on the roofs, the narrow windows, the angles of the houses.
And this is where it starts to get really weird, because in 1925 Edward Hopper painted a house called "House by the Railroad Tracks" and it looks very similar to the "Nights in Rodanthe" and "Lemony Snicket" houses. Oh, gosh, it's all making my brain hurt. I have always seen resemblances between strange things -- objects, people, shapes... To me, nothing is ever what is really is, it always takes on another form and looks like something else, sort of like an M.C. Escher illusion.
I have been told by people who have visited Boston that it looks very much like Vancouver, and yes, the two cities do resemble each other. Something like that strangely appeals to me. It's amazing the things we can see, if we just stop for a moment and look.