Ducks and dirty waters…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s combined food item and insult is ‘you burger-bugger!…’

dscn4429‘Now come on, be sensible Dave! Don’t lean too far out – and mind you don’t drop your camera into the water!…’
This picture was taken one bright Sunday morning last April; it was snapped looking down over the railings in the corner of the Hull Marina. This marina used to be one of the chain of three docks which in the old days intruded north into the centre of the city, it used to be called Humber Dock, named after the great flat brown river to the South.
Me, I’m not too keen on marinas, with all their white plastic cabin cruisers (which look to me like floating trendy training shoes) and their white plastic rigging-jingling yachts. Some people do like marinas though, they go down there, they stand, breathing the clean air off the river and say, ‘Oh, don’t the boats look beautiful Bob? See ’em shiny and glinting in the sunlight – we should come down here more often…’

Those ducks look busy and happy though, don’t they? What a lovely couple. They wouldn’t visit the marina unless they wanted to.
What do you think that scum is, floating on the surface of the water? Perhaps it’s a thin film of spilled diesel from the filling of the tanks of the cruisers?
How about the composition? Do you like the way our ducks are sliding off towards bottom right? Do you think I might be saying something here by putting all the floating muck and debris diagonally up at the top right, as if suspended in mid air, as if somehow threatening our lovable feathered friends?…

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 Ducks and dirty waters…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    If the dirty water was found to damage the gel-coat on those floating palaces perhaps it would be cleaned up…but for the birds? Mr. Whatt, the composition is wonderful….those ducks appear to be attempting an escape! It reminds me strongly (once again) by the work of another artist I am familiar with…this is from 2009:…1123.9477.0.10444.….0…1ac.1.64.img..1.26.1185.0..0j35i39k1j0i8i30k1j0i24k1j0i10i24k1.7aBaXoIoYUU

  2. You mean the composition wasn’t deliberate? I honestly thought you were really clever and making an environmental message….with the debris and ducks all swimming away. You meant it really didn’t you?! It also makes me want to go rescue the ducks…..I can’t bear the thought of their little babies swimming in that dishwater. 😦

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