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Surprise………

18 May

My wife and I have been together for over 25 years, and yet when evr I walk into the room she still look delighted to see me…

………at least I think that’s how I should interpret this look !

Recycled canvas………

6 Feb

I remember hearing when I was younger how struggling artists in times gone by used to buy other artist paintings at markets or jumble sales and render their art over the existing work.

Yesterday I witnessed the modern equivalent, on a local graffiti wall. The lads had permission to use the wall and turned up on the weekend, painted over the existing work with a base coat and then applied their well conceived  designs on to the wall.

When I approached the guys to ask if I could photograph them I was met with happy, proud artists that were taking genuine care with their work. One of the artists and I struck up a conversation and he told me that these blokes spend weeks thinking thru their next work and mulling over colour choices to emphasise particular aspects of the work.

In the past I have used graffiti walls as backdrops for photo shoots, mainly due to the colour and the underlying emotional currents that these scenes can trigger.

I firmly believe that this form of graffiti is in fact modern art, applied via modern means and relevant to a modern society, and the link to the recycled canvas only confirms this colourful addition to the urban landscape as art !!

 

 

The road to nowhere…………….

24 Jan

In the valley that heads up into the hinterland away from the coast from where we live there is this bridge. Everytime I approach it I think to myself the bridge to nowhere or the bridge to adventure. Ying and  Yang !!!

Interpretation…….

13 Jan


When I was at school ( so long ago ) our English teacher gave us novels to read and report on. Please remember I was a normal, sport loving, girl chasing, car addict that believed school was really an extension of my social life where occasionally I was expected to produce a piece of work that would lay foundations for a career ! Hah!

As I read these novels ( and I always have loved reading ), I would take the story at face value, never delving to deep into moral commentary or hidden lessons. The stories were either a rollicking good yarn or a boring tome which I struggled to digest more than four or five pages at a sitting. This lead to a series of essays that either stated that ” this book was bloody good fun to read” or ” I don’t get it”. Needless to say my poor English teacher struggled to help me achieve a pass mark.

Some of my classmates however interpreted these literary mazes differently to me, they spoke about social commentary of the era, of double meanings, twists that make The Newman/Redford movie ‘The Sting” look straight forward. Slowly over the intervening years I have become aware of the presence of these disguised messages and enjoy discovering what I believe to be the equivalent to the little menus on DVDs such as ‘extra takes’ and ‘from the producer’.

Sometimes I KNOW that there is more to the written word than meets the eye, but my hidden moral/secret message radar is quite obviously tuned to a different frequency , and such was the occasion when I spied this gem on a wall in Brisbane. I of course did a Google search and got a link to someones Flicker account who had also taken the pic, but no further explanation.

I have several of my own ideas, ranging from pocket-money for the lipstick or pawning a friends dads watch to buy make up, to more morally comprised visions of  sordid relationships bought on by facial bling which destroys a fathers standing in the family unit (ie not on my watch).

Anyway, have look, have a think and add your interpretation !