Better than sculpture…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special guests on the show are the Sylvester Stallone look-alike twins Martin and Barry Mude. (applause) (S.S.)
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EPSON scanner imageHere is a picture (a digitally scanned negative) from my days of old-style black and white film and darkroom photography – it is probably from the 1980s or 1990s.
Oh, that’s funny… Why do I feel slightly embarrassed when looking at this one?…
Ah, I know! It’s because it looks like the sort of picture that you’d see in one of those old-fashioned amateur photography magazines – crisp black and white prints with copious notes underneath them that go on about shutter speeds and aperture settings, and which film stock and which developer was used, and for how long it was in the developing tank, oh, exactly nine-and-a-half minutes at twenty degrees – see how the depth of field has been calculated to leave the background water slightly out of focus, to give the subject more separation from the… blah, blah… Confident middle-aged men in tweed jackets and well polished brogues, puffing on pipes…
As you see I have cheekily called this post ‘Better than sculpture’ – I suppose what I’m saying is that this piece of old dockside engineering, with its beautifully designed practical forms in cast and machined steel, has a beauty that sculptors could only dream of achieving in their work…
Just look at the thing – sitting there… smug and elegant, resting its hook and its shackles on the concrete, its giant heavy heavy ring, sitting upright at a jaunty angle for us to admire, and to make us want to reach out and touch it, to get a smear of red rust on our soft finger end…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to Better than sculpture…

  1. Michael says:

    Hawser is a good word. Hawser.

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