Traces from history

img_9390What do you make of this? It’s an exterior wall with a door, and a letterbox to the left of it. That much is obvious. Then there is a labyrinth of markings – many in white but some in black. Relics of where there was electrical trunking or shelving perhaps? A graffiti artist has added some embellishments. And finally towards the bottom left there looks like a line drawing of something that resembles an open box with the flaps of the top turned out and down.

There’s a lot we don’t know, and never will. It’s a puzzle, but I rather liked it.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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19 Responses to Traces from history

  1. I like this a lot, Andy. It’s mysterious but graphically coherent. The colors are great. Could some of those white and black wide lines be from where taped notices or signs were removed?

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. I guess those lines could indicate the position of notices or signs – that would make sense on what is an outside door, but was it always an outside door or an office within a larger building perhaps.

  2. paula graham says:

    Yea, indeed, more questions than answers and very nice to look at too!

  3. hmunro says:

    This image makes my mind reel if I attempt to find meaning. It reminds me of a rather more modern and urban version of Peru’s Nazca Plains, for some reason. Well, regardless of what those markings mean, you’ve captured them beautifully in this stunner of an image, Andy!

  4. Jane Lurie says:

    I love the lines and textures! History of it is a mystery but good detective work.

  5. shoreacres says:

    It looks like one of those old-fashioned video games, like Pac-Man. Can’t you just see those little creatures chasing one another around the lines, trying to eat one another up?

  6. This is great Andy. I like to photograph this sort of thing too, I’m always looking out for tree trunks with names and dates carved in them.

  7. seekraz says:

    Compelling in its possibilities. Nice find, Andy.

  8. Dina says:

    Well done. The graffiti of life.
    Blank walls are a shared canvas and we’re all artists … 🙂

  9. I love puzzles like this. Can look at the picture for a long time. This photo you can really get lost in.

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