A ‘shotgun shack’ is a narrow home, usually no more than 3.5 m wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other, and doors at each end of the house, a design which assists ventilation. Shotgun houses were popular in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War until the late 1920s. Its origins were probably Haitian and African, and the style is most commonly associated with New Orleans; but they can be found as far away as Chicago, Key West and California. As a sign of its New Orleans heritage, the house is usually raised two to three feet off the ground.
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“Children’s bicycles and Mardi Gras beads remained from a oated away house at Deslonde Street in the Lower Ninth Ward in fog at morning. New Orleans, Louisiana, January 30, 2006”
(photo by Alexey Sergeev: asergeev.com)
A man scavenges the streets of Rotterdam, picking up old doors and boards; materials considered worthless by others. He turns them into beautiful and spectacular works of art in his workshop, celebrating the inventiveness and perseverance of humanity as well as its frailty and failures. Welcome to the portfolio of Ron van der Ende. Just click the images. Any work is only two steps away.