Friday, January 21, 2011

wall, photographer, hands full


Posted by Picasa"...and let him have plaster, or some loam, or some rough-cast about him to signify wall, and let him hold his fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisbe whisper..."

"May I take a photograph of you?" a young man, his pretty girlfriend by his side,  asks me as I walk through The Grove this morning. I have no objection and feel rather pleased that it is not I who is taking a photograph for a change. When I am out and about I seem to take one every few minutes. "What is the purpose of your photograph?" I ask as he unmasks his Nikon. "It is for a school project," he says while I compose myself as best I can. I nearly ask if I can take one of him, taking one of me. But I realize that it is not the sort of photograph I want to take. It surprises me that he asks me no questions. Not that I want to answer any. An encounter pleasant enough but easy to forget.

I pass a girl in Sutherland Road with a mobile phone in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. She frowns as she manages to tap into the mobile while she walks past and balance her coffee at the same time.

5 comments:

Lucas said...

I definitely think having a "project" is a good idea when it comes to asking people if you can take their photo. I must try it! I think I would have to substitue something for School though...

Barrett Bonden said...

It may have been your hat. I am expecting to be the target of much more photographic interest as I go out and about in my Rhine barge cap.

Plutarch said...

Lucas Or you could try "I work for the News of the World".

BB You will certainly become irresistible to Rhine maidens but do they have compact cameras.

The Crow said...

That's a great, modern-art-ish (can that be right?) photo, Plutarch. I enjoy looking at it enlarged.

Lucy said...

I love that photo, it looks like a piece of abstract expressionism.

WV 'duplo', which I mention as it was/is a kind of giant lego for toddlers.