The half-engineer, with plane…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s architectural term is strut: in roofing, a timber, either upright, connecting the tie-beam with the rafter above it, or sloping, connecting a king- or queen-post to the rafter. I hope that you have that clear in your head, I will be questioning you about it tomorrow morning. (Roof)

Here is another photo of mine from about a year ago; it was taken here in Dulltown and shows some boarding, now with peeling advertising material, erected to mask off some derelict land towards the river down near the Marina. I posted another picture taken there a week or two ago, it proved quite popular. (Click here)

Well, what a plethora of visual detail! (As you can imagine dear reader, I don’t use the word ‘plethora’ very often, but this is a very good opportunity to slip it in.) And just look at all those colours! Plenty of subtle shades, but all in a kind of harmony, none of them clashing or jarring – I particularly like the area of green (the colour of pea soup) with the half-O on it, on the far right.
And what about the aircraft just disappearing over the buildings to the left – in a pale orange sky? Or would you say it was pink? Then there are the out-of-focus shades of blue to the chap’s left – a convincing illusion of depth and distance.
Now to our chap: he looks rather more ‘real’ than he should doesn’t he? A photograph of a photograph generally gives no indication of what in the subject it ‘real’ and what is a flat printed image. He looks pretty ‘real’ here, except for that fold of paper/fabric curling off from the boarding – the orange sky with white stripes and wooden batten definitely goes behind his image, which easily gives the game away.
I think he must be an engineer, he is oldish, with a hard hat, ear defenders, and hi-vis jacket, but certainly not a labourer, yes, a high ranking engineer I think – look, half a warm smile is discernible in his one visible eye and half-mouth… He’s probably thinking about his fee…
A thought:
That could have been me, if I hadn’t given up a civil engineering degree course in favour of the mad mad world of art.
Phew, what a lucky escape!…

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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7 Responses to The half-engineer, with plane…

  1. Haha! The photo thumbnail was so real that I thought it was you, peeking out from behind some curtains – but then on clicking the full picture I realised, no….he is far too cheery! 😀 Great picture though, and he does look very real indeed. It took me a while to find the aircraft (need coffee and glasses!)…but the green on the right is very pretty. I think the fellow is one of those people who stands on the side of railway tracks, waving very importantly as the train whizzes by, but actually holding a cup of tea (his 8th of the day)

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Oh Dave! You have such an imagination! I suppose you’ve realized by now that the photo you captured is of a banner used to “advertise” something, it might not be a product…it might be something that someone wants you to believe…..that aside, that man is most likely a model or actor pretending to be a worker in safety equipment, perhaps the type of safety equipment required to fuel an airplane….ah, I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning! Oh wait – I sense you wanted to talk about the photograph as art. Well, it reminds me of
    guess why?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh, yes Dana, I see what you mean – your chap is clutching and raising that curtain in quite a provocative manner – I suppose that’s what passed for pornography in those days…
      Hm, I don’t think my chap is an actor – he definitely has the look of an engineer about him – I have met one or two in my time…

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, if ever a Dave image warranted the epithet “plethora of visual detail”, this is it. Well done, old fellow!

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