STILL LIFE 216 – NELSON STREET

 

 


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Old building, with drainpipe, discolouration and entrepreneurial plant. 

I’m going to take my life in my hands and make a botanical identification: the plant is I think a Buddleia, and it sprouts on many old/derelict buildings in this city.

But I can be more certain about the building itself: it is a former police station where my errant father was stationed during WWII, and every time I pass it I think of him, if not with love then certainly, after all this time, with understanding.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Nelson Street, central Bristol; 20 Apr 2018.
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20 comments

  1. Love this! Yes, for sure a Buddleia, and I like your “entrepreneurial plant” designation. Got to remember that.
    The connection of this building to your father, and your inevitable mixed feelings toward him (knowing nothing of the story but knowing you a bit, and knowing that age brings one a more nuanced assessment of life) – that may be why this simple composition has a special resonance. I can see the wear and tear and sorrow, the smudged surfaces, as well as the enduring grace of the stubborn plant, its arc seeming to show the forgiveness you mention. Sorry if I’m getting carried away, but, well, great work!

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    • No no, you’re not getting carried away, and I value your perceptions. Yes, well put, age brings a more nuanced assessment of life, very, very true. My dearest friend told me, a day or two back, that I’m becoming hugely reflective and, well, that’s me. I very much value your analysis of this shot, and maybe the plant’s arc does symbolise forgiveness – the forgiveness, and understanding too, are there. In a way, Life is too short for any alternatives. A

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  2. Liking this lots…
    It’s the sort of picture I would take with Hubby standing behind me rolling his eyes, but it would make a perfect desktop on the computer, with my little icons huddled in the top right quarter.
    And quite apart from that… I’m quite partial to a good wall. 😊

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  3. Love this, Adrian – the composition, colours, and processing. It immediately caught my eye. Yes, a Buddleia; we inherited two in the new garden. Birds and butterflies love them.

    It’s touching to read of your family connection to the building, my friend.

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    • M, I’m very glad you like this, thank you. LOL! and RELIEVED that my botanical diagnosis holds water – was tempted to say that it wasn’t really mine, a friend having secretly put the name onto a piece of paper that they spirited into my pocket – but that would have just been a plant … 😉 …

      And yes, the family connection. I’m afraid my family life has been far from perfect and, as I age, looking back on things often brings sadness – as with the sadness with which I understand my father. Still, as always, the past cannot be changed – except by politicians … A 🙂 🙂 🙂

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