Hm… brutal… nice…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural terms (types of roofs) are: Saddleback, Hipped, Gambrel, Mansard, and Helm. Nice words aren’t they?

DW770…and speaking of architecture, here a picture (a scanned 35mm negative) from my days of black and white film and darkroom photography. It’s a bit bleak isn’t it? Is this a rather boring picture, or is it a fascinating ‘social document’ of the late 20th c.? Why do I feel uneasy typing in the words ‘social document’? That’s not my style at all…
Hm, a bleak miserable block of flats here in Dulltown, but this was the 1970s or 1980s, and hopefully they have been demolished by now.
Of course this is what you might call a ‘slow burning’ photograph – at first glance it looks, shall we say, ‘not very interesting’; the unwilling eye slides about over the nasty surfaces of the canted pebbledash concrete slabs and the boarded up windows, and we are just about to give up on it when we spot the graffito deliberately squeezed by the wily photographer into the top left corner… ‘So what’ indeed… How pithy… It just about rescues an otherwise pretty drab picture…

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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