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Lady in the rock
It looks like a stone bench of sorts, with a lady emerging from – or sinking into – the rock. Or she’s just resting? My take on this week’s WP challenge ‘curve‘.
Some of the great bloggers I follow regularly do weekend wanderings. I do too, but seldom document them. Last weekend however, I went to see a great number of graffiti artists re-decorate a derelict industrial estate in Stockholm’s southern suburbs. Some top world artists were there and it was just so interesting to watch the artwork take form. I was there for a few hours on Friday and Saturday. The Friday was miserably cold (4 degrees. At least it was plus 4) and not many spectators were there. The Saturday was nice and sunny and the place was packed out. Some great images were erased to make place for new ones. This is one aspect of graffiti that I really like: transient artworks that can be enjoyed for now but that does not necessarily have to remain for ever and a day. Not to mention that it does not become collectors’ items that can only be enjoyed by the super rich.
In remembrance of the inmates of a close by poorhouse that operated 1860-1926. This institution cared for (if that’s the right word) the old, sick and infirm that the hospitals and workhouses did not want. Add a sprinkling of the mentally ill. Today it’s an inner city residential area.
I felt it suited the subject better to do these images in black and white rather than color. So I went the whole hog and did the series using analogue equipment. Besides, I enjoy shooting analogue now and then.
For fun I also used a 60ies point and shoot that I picked up for 5 dollars. The lens provides magnificent distortion, very soft corners but is surprisingly sharp in the middle. At least in good light and given a steady hand.