– Outside World, 2015 –
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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog together. It’s a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest
Fantastic! Thanks, Laurent!
I am also pleased because since my period teddy boy of 70, I’m a fan of the Welsh group … !!!
I thought XTC as soon as I read the title!
I love this image, Richard. Everything about it . . . I wish I had taken it. 🙂
Thanks very much, Ashley. That’s a lovely compliment. 🙂
And ah, my name’s Ashley and I’m an alcoholic. In recovery. Or non drinking or however you want to call it.
Hi Ashley, I’ve tried to reply to your comment , but can’t think of anything to say.
Oh, I’m sorry, Richard. I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable. I should have added that it’s been years since I drank and it’s ceased to be an issue in that I can be around alcohol and not feel tempted. All good.
Oh XTC! Why did you think of them Ashley?
Yes, I’ve just been reading a book about their songs and playing their albums. Black Sea is one of my favourite albums.
Black sea is definitely one of their best. Though I like English Settlement very much as well.
Ah, me too. Also, Skylarking, Nonsuch and the two Apple Venus volumes…
I don’t know all their albums – and I think the newest I bought is “Oranges and Lemons”.
Outside World is a song of theirs.
This is fabulous Richard!
Thanks so much, Patti!
Yes! Be proud!
I never made it to alcoholic – stopped at very heavy drinker and kind of plateaued there for a while.
I never made it into the big league either… Now I’ve totally deteriorated and kind of ended up in the “normally just a glass or two of wine, but with an occasional Friday night bender”-club.
A club where most members are non-hip, middle-aged+ people.
Yes, I have my membership card here somewhere…
If we ever happen to meet IRL, we can go wild and celebrate our memberships by sharing a full bottle of red! Insane!!
A bold admission, Richard… 😉
Not on my part. I wonder who wrote it…
Love the angles and lines. Great palette too. Excellent image.
Thanks so much, Lemony. I’ve photographed this building so many times – it just keeps changing – it’s a site that attracts a lot of activity one way and another.
Yes, I find the graffiti incredibly moving – a mixture of bravery and desperately trying to communicate.
This photo inspire me to write something
I Did hope you would check it out
It’s the only one today
Your poem is inspiring and honest and beautiful and I’m really proud to have prompted it. Thank you, my friend.
God, that’s incredibly moving. It’s really raw. Stunning!
Thanks so much, Sarah. Yes, it really got me. In the last few years, this building has gone through a lot of changes. Until recently there was a couple of people living in the space between it and the one next door. A few months ago the gap was boarded up. A few days after that the board was partially broken and residence resumed. It’s now both boarded up and covered by a steel mesh.
Despite the XTC – I still try to bring the the temptations of the outside world together with the alcoholic…
…but I think with the word temptation I just answered that question.
Wow. Moving. Great image aesthetically (as well).
Thanks very much, Melissa. I passed by yesterday and the grafitti is still there…
Very powerful, with the strangely prettified script and the fashion-y colors set against the message and starkness. Enjoy your break and your reading!
Thanks very much, Lynn – much appreciated.
A most moving piece of street art
Yes, I thought so too. Thanks very much, Alison.
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