Dot matrix on the bus…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s Ancient Egyptian deity is the one appearing jackal-headed, or in the form of a jackal, the God Anubis. His associations are cemeteries and embalming. (Anubis)

Well, I suppose it’s so that the bus driver doesn’t get distracted at night…
How’s that for a deliberately puzzling opening line?
At night when he or she needs to be looking out through their windscreen, they don’t want to see the well-lit interior of the bus reflected in the glass as well as their view of the road ahead. So the pane of glass in front of the bus seat nearest to the entrance is often tinted a dark colour to minimise the brightness of the light coming through. Sometime though, instead of tinted glass they have clear glass, but with a matrix of black dots printed on it, which of course does the same job.
If you sit in the seat behind this dotted glass the visual effect is really quite disconcerting, and it is rather unpleasant to try to look through at the road ahead. The other day just as it was getting dark I was sitting in such a position – I could of course see the array of black dots in front of me (who could miss them?) and also through the glass the lights of the traffic ahead. I pondered on what a photograph of this might look like…

Phew!… Goodness me!…
That’s pretty hard on the eyes isn’t it? But I find it quite interesting too.
As there wasn’t quite enough light for decent photography on the bus the camera decided on a shutter speed of one 8th of a second, as a result the nice crisp round dots have come out blurred into fluffy ellipses due to the shaking of the camera.
I do find this photo pretty difficult to look at, don’t you dear reader? I think the spacing of the dots is messing about with the rods and cones in the retina and confusing the old brain.
Another odd thing is, that if one looks at the photo close up so that it appears large, it is pretty abstract, but if you look at it from a distance, and view a smaller image, one can clearly see a road with the back end of a car, and a surprising amount of detail. This picture was definitely worth taking I think.
Er, don’t peer at it too long, you might get a headache…

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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4 Responses to Dot matrix on the bus…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Good Morning Dave, not quite the image I want to see first thing in the morning, but it does have its merits. I tried zooming in and out and I too could see the car image. Happy New Year! Now I’ll rest my eyes, haha.

  2. Jheron Bash says:

    Ooh, my brain hurts now! Happy New Year to you & all your readers, Dave ….

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