Friday, 16 October 2015

Where The Wild Things Aren't, Proximity and Red Square

Where The Wild Things Aren't :- This large crop of reltively small trees are just to the side of 'Happy Valley Park' in Woodingdean, Brighton. Like a lot of places that are named 'happy' this or 'happy' that it seems to be the direct opposite of what it's name implies. Not a large park by any means, right at the side of a busy road that connects The villages of Falmer and Woodingdean to the village of Rottingdean on the coast. The park is mainly used by dog walkers but it does also have a small children's playground in it too. For some reason this image made me think of the "Cottingley Fairies" and various paintings by Brian Fround & Alan Lee which in turn lead me to think about Maurice Sendak's wonderul "Where the Wild Things Are".

Proximity :- Even if you shut your eyes tight you could sense this storm coming in. It silently approached like a stealthy, clammy monster. Its presence was dropping the temperature with every new inch of ground gained. Goosebumps were soon to arrive too as I stood on the empty beach trying to ignore the cold.

Red Square :- No, not the famous Russian one but a rather mundane metal one on the Undercliff Walk between Rottingdean and Ovingdean in Brighton. I'm not sure why it caught my eye, maybe I was walking past and happened to see it just at the right angle. But I do remember walking back a few steps, taking another look at it and then grinning. Grey concrete, grey wall with white / greying chalk. An otherwise colourless scene apart form the huge bright red metla container dumped to the side. Mundane and non interesting to most but an absolute visual treat for the likes of me.

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