This post has a history.
It started out being a post about graffiti ...
... which got me thinking about walls and the way they are marked by their history...
and so the post evolved in a way which is linked with my own history.
My photography habit started to become serious with walls quite a few years ago.
Yes indeed, walls.
I took dozens of photos of walls for a design board on a textiles and design course I was doing. I was much laughed at by my family and attracted some comment from passers-by but fortunately LG was too young then to be as scandalously embarrassed by my behaviour as she would now be.
And anyway, she was firmly fastened into a push-chair at the time so could do little but watch, bemused, as I scrutinised and photographed interesting bits of wall.
Here are some of the photos, scanned:
Most of these are from the walls around Charlton House, which is Jacobean - C17th.
These walls have really been marked by their history.
As my interest in photography has progressed, I've found myself taking photos of all sorts of walls, the most interesting being those bearing signs of their histories.
Histories of previous attachments
Histories of habitation still inscribed, faded and peeling, merging with the repetition of the brickwork...
histories of more recent markings and erasure
and of course graffiti. And among my favourite graffiti are those scrawls on walls which hint at a history all their own
you have to remember Ray
This last picture was around the back of the Astoria, a favourite venue in London, now demolished - consigned to history.
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