‘Pavement Peril’ in Dulltown…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the call of a tawny owl in a moist moonless midnight forest.

Here’s one I took last April…
How do you like the composition dear reader?
Yes, I know, it does look like a photo taken by accident as you were fumbling (fumbling – what a very nice word that is!) getting the camera out of your bag. But no, I spent at least four or five seconds carefully composing it, so you should not dismiss this picture so readily…
Once you are engaged here, drawn in, intrigued, you can see that there is some kind of underlying logic, some oblique (that’s another good word!) connection between the elements of the piece. No?… Oh, come on, do give it a try…
It is an odd composition isn’t it? Most of it is taken up with an area of pretty dull and uninteresting pavement, and the only thing that draws the eye is that item of text, which has for some reason been shoved up into the top right-hand corner of the frame – you may think: This photographer is being deliberately annoying! and yes, you could be right!
It really is ‘Pavement Peril‘ isn’t it? Oh, journalists do seem to have a language of their own don’t they? Who would actually say:
‘By the way, yesterday I witnessed some pavement peril on my way to the shops…’?
It has just occurred to me that after reading the message on the board you might be drawn into imagining the unpleasantness described taking place in front of you on this very area of empty pavement…
How do you like the sloppy white milk splash, and the strange upright sandwich with its colourful filling tentatively held in by its bread? Look at the glowing blood-red slice – is that a bit of red pepper? Can we mentally tie these two images to the unsettling black and white message on the right?
I don’t know… If we can, this is a much better photo, than if we can’t…

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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12 Responses to ‘Pavement Peril’ in Dulltown…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Well I can, no problem!

  2. Well, given the amount of slop that is strewn around our pavements these days, I’m surprised there haven’t been MORE pavements perils! Although I rather did think that the angle of the pavement shot quite added to the photograph – it looks quite a steep incline! 🙂

  3. Dana Doran says:

    It appears to be a portrait of that rather pithy weed…..a peril for sure! I’ve long wondered about random growth of vegetation in environments that seem to be hostile….

  4. Claudia says:

    Since you put it that way — I see it all!

  5. ktz2 says:

    I’ve never heard the term Pavement Peril. .it does sound so. . British, almost charming. . but maybe that’s just me

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