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What it looks like where I live: a little photo-journey.
In Your Neighbourhood
One day last month I was feeling pretty house-bound again and decided to venture out alone with my camera. My initial idea was to take some pictures of things I wanted to incorporate into artwork for my new poetry book idea. After a bit I started taking pictures of things around the area that caught my eye and some sights that I see regularly and just like for some reason. This is the best of that batch.
I don't know why in particular I liked this alleyway; it just looked kind of neat. The overhanging green, the narrowness, the darkness. It looked like one of those perfectly ordinary places where if you walked through it, you'd end up somewhere strange and completely different.
I usually see this mural when I'm walking home from the train station. It depicts the intersection a few blocks behind where Enmore Road splits off of King Street, with a few exotic additions. I really like the animals.
Also on the way home is the Defiance Gallery on Enmore Road. The front of the gallery, which faces the main street, occasionally has interesting art that I like. The back of the gallery can be seen from Station Street and inexplicably has what looks like the bow of a dinghy jutting out beneath the upstairs window. Perched on the very tip of the bow is a little maritime looking fellow. The dinghy is getting pretty dilapidated, and I'm not sure it's seaworthy anymore.
A lot of the alleys and streets in the area have great big graffiti murals sprawling along walls of houses and yards. Sometimes we walk by some guys with paint rollers and spray cans in the middle of adding new decoration to the side of a terrace. These aren't bored kids tagging any surface they can; they either have the permission of the home owners or are dedicated enough to their art form that they don't seem bothered by vandalising homes in the middle of the day. This isn't my favourite pictured here, but I do like the fact it has more imagery and less illegible graffiti-style writing.
The town council doesn't seem to be very fond of the graffiti in the area. In turn, the graffiti artists don't seem to be too fond of the council.
There's also a lot of stencil graffiti, some of it very political. This one's my current favourite.
I just really like this tree, especially backlit by the setting sun. This was actually the kind of imagery I set out to find, but I didn't take this photo until I was almost home again.