A photo dripping with meaning…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly sounding words are bottle and battle.
Bottle battle bottle battle bottle battle bottle battle bottle battle bottle battle.

Well, here’s a picture of mine from last September.
It’s another of my ‘is this boring, or not?’ photographs.
This chap, he seems quite approachable and likeable (doesn’t he?), but he is at the same time a bit scary – I think it’s the absence of proper eyes that does it. He is nicely painted though. The hair is particularly well done. Hm, the colours are good too – including the optimistic-blue background sky. Do you think he has the look of a healthy patriotic Soviet steel-worker or farm-hand about him? I do. I always liked that sort of stuff, oh and those slab-faced multi-windowed monumental buildings that they liked putting up back then. People said, ‘Oh Dave, how could you like that? It’s so horribly oppressive!…’ Still, each to his/her own…
As you see dear reader, this is another of my ‘deliberately divide it down the middle’ photographs – well, this one is not exactly down the middle, but you get the idea. What about the steel mesh fence and those welded galvanised box-sections? Quite nasty aren’t they? Now they are oppressive!…
I suppose the concrete path leading away could be the road to freedom, or is it just the chap’s exercise yard? Ah, but perhaps he has just been released, that’s why he looks so cheery and animated. I like the little angled strip of green grass sprouting from the join in the concrete – it’s colour nicely links the two sides of the picture by echoing the green on the chap’s jacket… it does… doesn’t 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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2 Responses to A photo dripping with meaning…

  1. My first impression of this (well painted) man, was that he was free falling through the sky. Like been dropped from a plane. I’m having a little difficulty correlating it with the grid (I’m one of those “omg, its so oppressive” people, ha!) but the splash of green grass is excellent. This is something I could look at for a long time and make all sorts of stories around it. Which in my mind, is “proper” art. 😀

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