This is the twenty-sixth collaboration between Richard from CK Ponderings and I. Hope you like the results…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

IMG_3206Absence, 2013

Absence, 2013

When Richard set the theme this time around, I immediately had four, five, six ideas to run with. Therein, sadly, lay one of my problems. What to go with. I started making plans, then work got in the way, and I left it really last minute to get out and take my shot (despite me still taking at least one photograph a day).

The ideas I had revolved around graveyards and commemorative benches, but wandering around the local town centre the other day for the first time in a couple of months, I was surprised by how many shops had closed and were left empty, particularly in a fairly affluent part of West Sussex. ‘To Let’ signs were everywhere, shops abandoned and empty. I took plenty of images, but most managed to include a subtle self-portrait thanks to the current sunny weather. Thankfully, tweaking this image a little removed that particular indignity for you, and this is the result.

As an aside, my ideal is still to run my own gallery, and empty shops offer that opportunity at the moment, so if anybody wants to give me £15,000 to fund a sabbatical for me, that would be much appreciated! 🙂

Richard Guest:

If You Go Away, 2013

If You Go Away

It was my turn to set the theme this time. And it’s fair to say it was born of very negative beginnings – I couldn’t think of anything, nothing, not a scrap of an idea. So, that became the idea.

A couple of days later, I took the shot above – I’ve photographed this building so many times – there’s something about that window – I’m sure the people who work in there are sick to death of me.

If You Go Away is the thirteenth track on Scott Walker’s 1969 album, Scott 3. It’s an adaptation of a 1959 song by Jacques Brel. The English lyrics are by Rod McKuen. It’s quite a complex piece of music, and Scott, of course, shines.

Here’s the evidence.

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Hello, Deanne! How’s the sea monster?