Street Lamps
Hidden Beauty of Cities

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       Traveling around the world I realized the often “disastrous” effect of globalization which I will call “The Standardization Sadness”.

Unfortunately the world became a big global village where the “big winners” are not necessarily original ideas but rather the ideas having big money behind them.

If not the old-time landmarks and enclaves of Old Towns preserving the past, we may have difficulties to realize where actually we are waking up an early morning…..

Looking through the hotel’s windows down the streets we may see familiar signs of McDonalds, speeding BMWs or Jeeps, crowds moving back and forth in seemingly senseless rush but nevertheless mostly in more or less blue jeans….

Looking up we will see a forest of metal & glass skyscrapers occupying the city skyline…

Sounds familiar?

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This is Montreal - one of the most "colorful" and full of life North-American cities.
From the left: a) Beautiful lamp in front of the Hotel Omni - Mont Royal;
b) Decorative lamp on the wall of the former church on Jeanne Mance street (recently converted to the luxury condos);
c) Montreal downtown (see how often street lamps are accompanied by flowers?);
d) Prince Arthur street (for those knowing Montreal it says everything, however if you have never been in Montreal, you can easily guess from these pictures that is is a beautiful promenade in the heart of the city, full of restaurants).

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On the left - On the streets of the Old Montreal;
In the middle- Downtown of Belgrade;
On the right - straight from the Balkans: Zlati Bor (Golden Forest) resort, view on the lake.


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On the left - lamps in the Plaza in front of the Christopher Columbus Museum in La Gomera (Canary Islands - Spain);
On the right - a real treasure - The "perfume's bottle" lamp in Szeged (Hungary) invites to the cosmetics shop!

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     But after some time spent in several cities I realized that at least one form of local spirit and soul resists these temptations of standardization – and these are Street Lamps. 

They seem to be the last standing bastion of the individualism, expressing the uniqueness and distinctiveness of regional artists, designers and craftsmen, adding the local accents to the cities’ landscapes.

To be honest I’m so grateful to administration authorities going against the “McDonalization” trend so common these days in most aspects of urban life.

Just imagine - “faceless” street lamps planted in uniform rows along our promenades, alleys or in the jungle of twisted narrow streets in Old Towns? Will they really bring the “light” to our cities or rather spread the message of “manufactured darkness”?

Yet, these photos bring the fresh optimism - welcome to the amazing world of the Hidden Beauty of the Street Lamps.....

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