Patchin Place Doors

I had a request from a fellow blogger to show the home of E. E. Cummings (1894-1962). The charming alley he lived in is called Patchin Place next to Jefferson Market Library.

The property that became Patchin Place and Milligan Place was once part of a farm belonging to Sir Peter Warren. In 1799 it was sold to Samuel Milligan, who later conveyed it to his son-in-law, Aaron Patchin. The buildings that now occupy the site were put up in 1848-1852 as boarding houses for Basque waiters and other workers at the nearby Brevoort House hotel on 5th Avenue.

A story: The then modernist writer Djuna Barnes (1982-1982) moved into a room-and-a-half apartment at 5 Patchin Place in 1941. She became so reclusive that Cummings would occasionally check on her by shouting out his window “Are you still alive, Djuna?”.

The even more charming private Milligan Place around the corner on 6th Avenue.

Barn – One Photo Focus

I edited Cee Neuner’s photo of a barn donated for the April One Photo Focus challenge. After some Lightroom tweaks I brought it into Photoshop. I used spot healing, content aware fill, and cloning to remove the modern electrical wires. Then I used on1 to add a subtle antiqued look. After that I added adjustment layers in Photoshop; such as, color inversions, overlays, brightening and darkening, colored gradient, and grayscale. I converted a copy of the image layer to outlines and inverted it which created white outlines on the flowers to give it a bit of extra punch. I changed the color of the roof and brushed in a patina, added some early morning mist, and my final added flourish is the weathervane (open source).

Barn by Cee Neuner
Barn by Cee Neuner
Barn edited by Sherry Felix, source Cee Neuner
Barn edited by Sherry Felix, source Cee Neuner