I took a mental note of that same wall with spiney ivey myself, the other day!
I am very struck by the beautiful photographs you took. They remind me of watercolor, gouache & ink paintings I saw the other day, by Elizabeth Bishop (link below). The "No Parking" signs, for example, which you included in your image, are reminiscent of Bishop's "For Sale" tombstones - details that I imagine one might usually be inclined to edit out. On the contrary - in both your images and in Bishop's, such quotidian details are both noticed and deliberately noted - the truth of that inclusion lending its own particular beauty – the beauty of particulars - along with subtle notes of irony as well. I'm glad that Gretchen 'noted' the spiney ivey, which I hadn't initially noticed, as I lingered in apprehending the composition as a pleasing whole: the simple blocked shapes, stuck together like colorforms or a pasted collage; the muted palette, white fields counterplayed with varied lines and points of black; spare punctuation marks of orange - two tiny dots & a flourished dash. Then too, there are the subtly expressive elements, such as the haphazard interplay of fenestration, including a mysterious pair of portals like eyes, entirely open to the elements and sky... Very beautiful! http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/01/17/pronoun-trouble/
Thank you Jola for your beautifully articulated note! It was so considered and such a pleasure to read-and to know someone like yourself took a moment to appreciate my post is so wonderful! Thank you:)
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