Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Even More Faultfinding

Another batch of Find the Fault has come my way. This transport related set reflects Britain in the mid-1950s but could have been offered for sale many years later in line with the Dennis Productions business model – why innovate when you can profitably recycle? The drawings are conservatively styled – no flamboyant gestures, neutral in tone, soberly conceived. Something of Ant and Bee (Angela Banner, illustrated by Bryan Ward) about them but lacking the eerie precision that gives the former such a haunting presence. Road transport features on most of this series and makes up this selection. The streets and roads are orderly and soporific. Stiff and robotic figures are posed at intervals, with eyes downcast and devoid of social interaction. Vehicles and signage appear anachronistic and there lurks a suspicion that dark events may be playing out just off-stage. The imagination is encouraged to fill the spaces that mediocre illustration leaves blank. The listed faults are often pedantic in the extreme but the idea of a double decker bus lacking a staircase is admittedly unsettling. Pedantry is infectious and unrecorded faults can soon be found – such as the presence of a smoke-emitting pipe smoker on the lower deck of a bus in No. 37.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Ten years of this sort of thing

Today is 10 years since the first post on this blog. The longevity comes as a surprise – most such ventures soon wither away. The next 10 years, actuarially speaking, are more problematic. But as long as it’s not a tedious chore, we carry on. To mark the occasion today’s images are a selection of analogue scrapbook pages, the kind of activity that used to occupy me until this space offered a place for digital scrapbooking. Somewhere to share imagery that may not be of universal interest but for which there is a minority audience. Only fate will tell if it lasts another 10 years but for now, it trundles on.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wawona Tunnel Tree, Yosemite

This ancient Giant Sequoia tree was estimated (in the 1920s) to be 4846 years old, a suspiciously precise number. Whatever the true figure it lasted only another 40 years or so. It’s home address was Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park and in 1881 it suffered the indignity of having a tunnel hacked through its base by the Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Company to enhance its value as a tourist attraction. It certainly made for some eye-catching postcards as vehicles and celebrities passed through the aperture. The end came in February 1969 after heavy snowfall settled on the crown causing it to tilt. Felled in the interests of safety, it can still be seen lying in a horizontal position.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Homeland Guinness

Malin Head, County Donegal
It’s no surprise that the name of Guinness is attached to so many bars and pubs in its country of origin. This selection includes several examples that are homages to the celebrated range of posters illustrated for Guinness in the UK by James Gilroy. There’s a strong tradition of hand-painted publicity in Ireland and while some are more or less transcriptions of Gilroy originals at least one example, photographed in the north of Donegal, close to Malin Head, has been specially conceived for its coastal location.

Skibbereen, County Cork
Gougane Barra, County Cork
Dungarvan, County Waterford
Enniscorthy, County Wexford
Buncrana, County Donegal