I had spotted them being erected two or three weeks earlier and made a mental note to return to photograph them. There were literally dozens of them. The mental note went un-noted, AWOL, forgotten. It was only when I was back in that part of town when suddenly a light switched on in my brain: ‘those panels, you were going to photograph those panels’.
Thankfully I had my Lumix in my pocket. When I reached the site, two men were busily covering up the plywood panels with shiny white plastic panels advertising the developer. They were being covered up at the rate of about one every two minutes. Panic! There were only about a dozen left un-covered. I hastily grabbed the shots still available (as usual, watched curiously by the workmen), while quietly fuming, knowing I had missed a feast of images and come away with just a few crumbs. Still – could have been worse.
Plywood panels like these can be guaranteed to have wood grain in them. Every panel is different, probably unique. In some the grain is subdued, in others it positively shouts. Another example of nature’s abstracts, these ones revealed in the timber yard when the wood was ‘sliced’.