Autumn Tomato

Tomato 2

Originally uploaded by 185Queens.
It’s nearly the middle of October and we still have tomatoes ripening on the vine!
It’s not much of a cause for celebration though, more likely another sign that our weather patterns continue to shift as we continue to ignore the damage that our industrialised and mechanised way of life is doing to the world we live in.
I’m as guilty as the next person of not doing enough to try and stop the rot, and I certainly enjoy the pleasures that affluence affords (no begging letters please, I’m talking in relative terms here!) but I’m starting to think about the different ways that individuals can make a difference.

  • Do individual lifestyle choices make a difference or is lobbying the groups and individuals who have the power and influence to make changes happen (Bono anyone?- lol) the bestcourse of action?
  • What’s the best way to support the most effective lobbyists?
  • Who are the most effective lobbyists?
  • What are the best targets for lobbying?
  • Have we left it all too late?

Does this strike a chord with anyone? I’d love to hear other points of view so please drop me a post.

BTW – the photo was worked on in Adobe Lightroom (beta), which I’m coming to enjoy using for it’s responsive and (fairly) intuitive interface.

Stencil – ‘Pericolo di Morte’

Pericolo di morte

Originally uploaded by 185Queens.
This stencil is from Ferrara in Emilia Romagna, Italy. It is not uncommon in Italy to find fairly ‘rough and ready’ stencils like this used for formal purposes. This was a warning on an electrical installation by the roadside.
I like the blend of informality with a serious purpose – but I wonder who would pay much attention to the warning?

Self Portrait 06Oct06

Self Portrait 06Oct06

Originally uploaded by 185Queens.
Feeling much better today and felt motivated to get my camera out and have a go at some self portraits using a technique I thought up – using a long exposure combined with the on camera flash set to synch with the second shutter curtain. This one was @ 4″ with me walking away from a window during the exposure.

Lucca Mar05


Originally uploaded by 185Queens.

Another of my interests – street art. Here’s a interesting juxtaposition of a stencil on paper pasted onto an already ‘tagged’ cover of a piece of industrial street furniture in Lucca, Tuscany, there has been a later application of a blue spray paint graffito.
I like the pierced word GAS appearing directly above the stencilled figure of the Grim Reaper.
I also think that the different layers that make up the image can be considered to refer to popular digital image making methods as well as the old ‘cut & paste’ method used for many years in the graphic design industry.

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