Staring at the wall

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. (Terry Pratchett)

This image dates back only a couple of days, but it’s been on my unwritten list of possible shots for a week or two. And, of course, it’s been here – waiting, waiting – since I don’t know when.

untitled (wall) (25 Aug 10)

untitled (wall) (25 Aug 10)

As that very mindful poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, wrote: “These things, these things were here, and but the beholder / Wanting.”

I’m not much into looking for Mickey Mouse in a bank of cloud … or the Blessed Virgin in a slice of toast. If I do happen to notice some feature of an image that puts me in mind of something else, or a detail that keeps distracting me, I usually count it as a flaw – not in the subject of the image, but in my image-making.

I prefer an image that keeps me looking into it but doesn’t tell me what to see.

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