Knickknacks and angels…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word ‘volumetric’ spoken in a whisper.

EPSON scanner imageHere is another picture, a digitally scanned 35mm negative, from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. I think this one is from the early 1980s; it was taken here in Dulltown.
It shows the window of a small shop down a seedy back street; I can’t recall what kind of shop it was; perhaps a second-hand shop, or a junk shop, or perhaps a shop that was set up to be deliberately weird, run by an aging and depressed surrealist artist desperate for an audience? Hm… no, I don’t think so…
Ah, but what sharp-eyed photographer could resist this bizarre window display which juxtaposes (there’s that word again!) some cute white pottery knickknacks, a swan pot, a seashell pot, a rabbit pot, an old boot pot, a watering can pot… with a carpet (or could it be a wall hanging, or a nice ‘throw’ for your settee?) featuring scary skull-faced skeleton bikers riding at you? ‘Brothers in the Wind’ – indeed!… Oh, listen to the echoing roar of their engines in the night!…
Oh, by the way, you can see my legs reflected in the glass of the window. There was no way round that – I suppose I could have tried Photoshopping them out somehow after doing the scan, but it would have been a bit messy, and it wouldn’t really have been worth the effort would it?…

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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