There’s only one answer to the request: ‘Look at This’, and that is: ‘I’m Looking’. But what am I actually seeing. This is a boarded up Advertising site (Billboard or Hoarding) on Southbank that someone has painted blue, and now we have those three words ‘Look at This’ and the imprint of a hand added. Who added the words and the hand – the same person, or was it two different people? This is exactly how I saw this yesterday, apart from a slight crop to assist the composition.
Yesterday I walked across London from near the Oval Cricket Ground, through Kennington, to The Elephant and Castle, then round Waterloo, up to the Southbank, across the Thames, up through a maze of narrow streets to Covent Garden, then on past Central St Giles where Google has offices, and on to Bloomsbury, with a brief visit to the British Museum, and then eventually to the main line station at Euston to catch a train home. Quite a long walk – it took an hour and a half. I wandered with the camera, simply Snapping away at whatever caught my eye.
Now – look at this. What’s this?
It looks like a Montage, but it isn’t. I saw this from a distance while in Covent Garden. The closer I got the weirder it looked, which is why the image you see above has been cropped deliberately to make it appear to be a montage. But it’s actually a covered over building, undergoing renovation, and a visual imprint of the finished façade has been printed on the shroud. Just a little bizarre. To give you the context a shot from further away (unedited) is shown at right.
Finally I gazed in shop windows as I often do. I looked at these two mannequins, but they did not return my gaze. Eyes tightly shut; they see nothing.
Three disparate images, from a clutch of about sixty-five shot yesterday, loosely gathered around the idea of ‘Look at this’. Images are everywhere, ones that are tongue in cheek, the bizarre, and those that are evidence of the art of others.
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