Wednesday, March 03, 2010
glass, sacrifice, 5p
In pursuit of the ephemeral, my eye is increasingly caught by minutiae. Here is a fragment of a green, glass bottle on the pavement.
"What matters is that you sacrifice something you really like - in my case it's chocolates," says Jane, talking about Lent. "Who told you that?" says Peter, who also helps in the bookshop. "Did God tell you?" I am the only other person present. He turns to me and says: "Sorry. I shouldn't say that sort of thing in the shop." "Not at all," I say: "It's the sort of thing that you might expect to hear in a French bookshop". "I'm flattered," he says. But I am only a rare visitor to French bookshops, and I am beginning to wonder if I am right.
Because I am constantly searching the ground for items to photograph, I see things which I would normally miss. Here is a 5p piece. It's too useful for my series on ephemerae, so I pick it up and put it in my pocket.