Saturday, February 27, 2010
bull, reader, simple
It occurs to me, as I take more of these photographs of ephemerae and detritus, that they succeed best when they have suffered from weather and rough treatment. Many, like, this can, begin life as products, which depend for their success on the way in which they are designed as part of a marketing process. A can of Red Bull would have an intrinsic interest in its own right straight off a supermarket shelf. But opened, the drink consumed and the can squashed by a heel or angry fist and thrown into the gutter, it becomes something else altogether. It is worth clicking the picture to see the logo of two bulls in the process of head butting.
A woman in a black coat with a blue scarf thrown round her neck, is reading, as she walk across The Grove. She is carrying a Hall's Bookshop plastic bag. She barely raises her eyes from the page, as she negotiates the paths which cross the park. Her feet seem to know where she is going.
"I keep it simple, watch the ball and play it on merit." Whether you play or follow cricket or not, that quote in today's paper from Sachin Tedulkar, the greatest batsman in the world, strikes me as good example to follow in general.