The saint on the shed…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: rocky, dissonant, oxytone, glumiferous, decollated, pithy, and nunty.
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Here’s another picture (a scanned 35mm negative) from my days of old-style, film and darkroom, black and white photography; this was probably taken in the 1980s. The location of this corrugated iron shed was on a wet collapsing wooden jetty at the side of the River Humber (if this was in America, it would be the Humber River, isn’t it funny how on each side of the Atlantic we name our rivers differently?).
Do you recognise this stick figure with the halo? He goes back to the books of Leslie Charteris which chronicle the adventures of Simon Templar, a witty, handsome, devil-may-care, man about town, amateur detective, and minor rogue, also going by the name of The Saint. The original books were published between 1928 and 1963, but he survived many years after that; there were some popular and very stylish film versions of his adventures too. (The Saint)
I don’t think this is a great photograph, but I like the sloppy carefree style of the artist, the dynamic posture, and the way he (I’m pretty sure it must be a he) allows the paint to run down the grooves in the tin wall. Oh look, our saint seems to have a dim shadow to the right – perhaps there was a previous version of the work which the wind and rain blowing off the river had worn away, perhaps the dockers and the chaps on the river missed him and a new crisply painted one was commissioned?…

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 The saint on the shed…

  1. julie harms says:

    kind of a leaky saint….

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