Thought you might like to see this. I was out walking this morning, right on the edge of south Bristol, where the outer suburbs melt into the countryside, and by the side of the wonderfully named Washing Pound Lane I found this. The person living here apparently has a reputation for making such tableaux where his/her field gate opens onto the lane, but this is the first I’ve seen. Politically correct this isn’t, which is something of a breath of fresh air, but at least the playful stereotyping is directed at both genders – and then there’s the plea for death threats to be sent to Santa – who has his stash of booze already laid in, it seems!
Many houses in this area are decorated externally with lights, inflated Santas, reindeer, snowmen, etc, and that’s fine. But this is different, this is something from the past maybe – s/he has had an idea, rummaged around the house to find the necessary stuff, and gone for it. To me, this brings back something from my childhood, a time – in the 1950s – when kids played on the streets, when TV was only just starting up, and when life in general was rather simpler and less frenetic.
But, this being reality, there’s also a serious side here, not least in the strands of barbed wire adorning the top of the gate – maybe previous displays have been vandalised, maybe the field has been invaded at other times too. This is an unwelcome reminder that all is not sweetness and light.
And also, while Washing Pound Lane is currently a virtually single track, rural lane – mainly bounded by open fields – a thoroughfare that presumably originated as an unmade road in the era of horses and carts, it is now one of the options for the route of a large and very busy main road that is going to link two other busy main roads on Bristol’s outskirts, and so prevent some through traffic having to enter the city. There are also plans to build 1200 new houses nearby, and a similar number a little further inside the city.
And so as I walk in this area and enjoy its mainly calm, quiet, countryside atmosphere, I’m only too conscious that I’m seeing the last of it, that all is set to change very markedly. I regret this but, as always trying to be realistic, I think it inevitable – especially on a city’s perimeter. And after all, people need roofs over their heads, that’s the bottom line, and infrastructure too.
The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 . Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 . Each will open in a separate window.
Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.
Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film preset; south Bristol; 19 Dec 2018.