Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
It has been hot lately, hot enough to act as a disincentive to activity outside that which is essential, such as work and shopping. We haven’t made our usual visits and haven’t taken many photographs. I am not going to grumble about the heat, though, because it will break soon enough and we shall then start grumbling about the cold and wishing it was warm again!
Just to be going on with, here are three photos taken at odd moments during this time of heat and inactivity. They were taken at different times and there is no connection between them.
Near Fenchurch Street Station I noticed this vendor of The Big Issue. There are many such at large in London but what attracted my attention in this case was the man’s companion. On the pavement beside him was a pigeon. Pigeons are hardly rare in London either, but this one was standing quite still and was gazing at the man as though waiting for something. Used to seeing pigeons actively bobbing about, I found this expectant stillness unusual. I can only guess that the magazine seller is in the habit of sharing his lunch with the pigeon and that the pigeon is waiting for that happy moment. I hope so.
A green bicycle is propped against a post in the sunshine while the owner is in the shop. What’s the story? There isn’t one. It’s just a green bicycle in the sunshine. It attracted me, for some reason, perhaps because of the unusual colours (it looks hand painted) and its somewhat “retro” design. You would have seen bicycles like this trundling around Cheltenham under ageing bottoms in the 1950s. It is a sedate bicycle for a lady in a hat and a flowing skirt.
There is a cafe in St John Street that we frequent from time to time. The other day, the owner pointed out to us a painting that had appeared on an end wall nearby. He was mystified by it so I photographed it and looked up the artist. It is by a street artist who works under the name of Endless. He seems to practise stencil work and paste-ups as well as direct painting. You will find some information on the artist here and his Facebook page here.
Endless is a member of a growing band of street artists who bring to their labours true artistic ability though their creations often have a spontaneous, finished-in-a-hurry look. Their works are sometimes on a grand scale occupying whole walls or building façades. It is an ephemeral art because their works often become obscured by graffiti and tags or are covered over by new paintings. While “Banksy” is well known to the public and has attained cult status, he is far from alone in his endeavours and other artists bring equal dedication and edgy inspiration to their often impressive artworks.