Intense color… Hm…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one snuggled up on the plump Chesterfield smoking cigarettes and ignoring everyone.

DSCN4272Now here’s one I took last February. Is it strange enough for you dear reader?
It was early evening in Dulltown city centre, I was heading home walking past that department store you see on the left.
So, what are we looking at here? I think this is the thick glass panel on the side of a bus shelter; see, it reflects the windows of the store going off into the deserted gloom, oh, and two or three sodium orange street lights too; look how their colour bleeds off into the misty night sky.
Of course, being interested in words, my eye was straightway caught by this list of white ones printed on the glass; oh dear, I see that who ever designed this advertisement thought, for some reason, that it would be extra cool so spell the word ‘colour’ the American way…
So, do you think this is all about hair? I expect that there was, just above the words, an attractive female model with luscious freshly shampooed gorgeous curls, nice teeth, and bright sparkling eyes. I didn’t include her in the composition as she would have rather undermined the gloomy surreal feel of the thing.
Volume, Length, Definition, Lift, Intense Color… Oh, I wish I had ‘lift’ and ‘definition’!
Some of those words might apply to this very photograph, perhaps the picture is trying to describe itself…
‘You have achieved some nice definition on this one Dave, but I’m not too keen on your use of lift in the composition…’
But let’s not forget the happy young folk bouncing around in their well-lit shop window to the left, they give the photograph a bit of very necessary perspective, normality, and humanity; I wonder if this work might even edge into the territory of Pop Art?…
Hm, not a bad picture… if you like strange

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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8 Responses to Intense color… Hm…

  1. Yes, very blocky words on a dark background. Whoever thought up that advertising idea should really get back to the drawing board. I’m intrigued by the cuddly smoking elephant on the chesterfield though – I’m sure I could get him to talk. 🙂

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Since you pointed out that “color” was spelled the way we spell it here in America…I thought that those descriptive words are the promises made by the drug company that sells Cialis… know, for ED…..haha.

  3. I really like the photo, with the happy perky side gradually fading into the murk, with only those mysterious words between me and my choices…

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