At the country fete…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather will feature blue cubes stacked high, gusty grey lozenges, frayed white strings, and brief interludes of yellow warmth.

EPSON scanner imageHere’s another picture from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography; this one was probably taken in the early 1990s. The location is, I think, a country show or a garden fete; I don’t know why I would have been there, country shows are definitely not my kind of thing… Ah, perhaps this is from the time when I was designing and building scenery for local theatre companies; not wishing to miss a chance at some cheap publicity they would worm their way into events like this, put some scenery up on the grass and force the grumpy actors to do bits from the show in the open air – oh, the embarrassment of it all!…
Anyway, apart from all the usual country fete things: sheep dogs, some sheep, gymnastic displays, some cows, face-painted children, some big pigs, marching bands, the beer tent, some horses, cake stalls – the army were there too. They had brought with them some impressive, but drab coloured vehicles and a few mean-looking guns, just for recruitment purposes:
‘Hey you there! Yes, you two fine-looking lads! Come over here and have a look at our nice tripod-mounted heavy machine gun – I’ll bet you’d love to have a go on this… Put your beer cans down, come on up and give it a try, I think we’ve taken all the bullets out…’
Anyway, having taken a few shots of the actors gesturing and shouting at each other, and the scenery wobbling in the wind, I had a stroll round…
Aha! A serendipitous moment! There it was… in front of me… ready composed, just waiting for me to focus and press the shutter… Click!…
I like the way the soldier and the dog are both facing the same way, both are leaning forward at a similar angle, the soldier oblivious of the fact that the old dog is pissing on the front of his vehicle… Super!..

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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