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September 3, 2015

I Fancy a Garden Shed

Sarah Ristorcelli

One of the best things that came out of my time as Editor of American Photo magazine was a deep love for Flickr, a photography site that I search a few times a week. American Photo had a partnership with Flickr at that time, so I made it a point to get to know the ins and outs of what Flickr has to offer.

Anyone can store and share their photos on Flickr, so professionals, passionate amateurs and everyday people use it, thereby opening up their world through pictures. If that sounds a bit like Instagram, consider the differences: the site is searchable and in many cases you can download and use the images (each account holder determines the download settings on their account).

All that said, I find photos on Flickr to accompany blog posts not just for this blog, but for my clients’ blogs. The blogs I write for doctors, lawyers, design firms and non-profits all benefit from the rich photographic content available on Flickr.

Today, after a chat about garden sheds, I searched Flickr’s Creative Commons inventory on sheds, and I found gold.

The image at the top of this post shows a shed made of reclaimed wood with a roof from an old mill. Tell me you wouldn’t love to teleport it directly to your back yard. The opportunity I see here is to get wildly creative, and break free from the inhibitions you might have when designing your house. A garden shed is a lab for your design experiments.

Here’s a shed that’s been transformed into a tiny guest house—a great use of space for those who need the overflow. Think of what a wonderful experience it would be to spend a night or two here, surrounded by nature and enjoying privacy away from the house.

Sarah Ristorcelli

Consider your stance when inside a shed. Shaded and protected, you see the light flickering through branches, the raindrops falling on leaves. You hear the birds twittering and hear them flitting about. It’s all-around delightful, far more immersive than the view from the house, but with just as much shelter.

Sarah Ristorcelli

Do you have or have you photographed a to-die-for garden shed? Please share it on my Facebook page. Or, share a link in the comments section below.