Sometimes other people’s misfortune give me the opportunity for a cracking shot and though I first thought this was a funky fake table decoration at the ice cream parlor, close inspection and that sweet milky smell convinced me that it was the real thing.
A recent trip to London saw me taking hundreds of photographs of tourist spots, works of art and all the usual stuff one shoots when in our beautiful capital but these two images are among my favorites mainly because they’re taken at The Tate Modern.. this first one because it shows that book shops will always have customers even though we can now read anything and everything on kindle and iPad....and this second one cause it shows that reading is still one of the nations favorite pastimes…and ’cause I love the brickwork behind her.
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Spring time usually means it’s time to thoroughly clean the house, vacuum under the heavy furniture and take everything off the shelves to dust …but those who know me well know I would much rather be out on the streets taking photographs than spend a day dusting and vacuuming. Yesterday though, because I could see the print my grandson’s hand had left in the dust on the bookshelf, I decided it was time to do something, rolled my sleeves up and set about taking down the stuff from the shelves.
‘Stuff’ is a word I use lightly here because I like to collect things or as my loving other half says ‘hoard’ things…I love books, I love the written word, books, papers, magazines & old documents clutter every available space and I love music, CDs, tapes but especially music on vinyl. My old bookshelves, chipped and banged from years of moving halfway around the world, are weighted down with piles of books and lines of LPs.
And so, carefully avoiding damaging the bright (aptly named) dust covers I started to empty the shelves, flicking open the pages of well read heavy tomes, blowing away dust and cobwebs from the spines of these precious dreams. Bright idea, I thought to myself… the job would be made easier if I listened to some music. So, sliding the shiny black disk from it’s protective white sleeve I placed it on the turntable, picked up the nearest paperback..Peyton Place ( Grace Metalious, a Pan Books classic, fabulous orange and white cover… 30p cover price!! ) sat in the armchair and listened to The Beatles, crackles and static making a dusty afternoon very nostalgic…… and I still didn’t get any cleaning done.