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A decision over a door.

Just finished a leaflet drop on behalf of Karen Allen the Conservative candidate for South Shields, I enjoyed this spurt of exercise on a wonderfully warm afternoon in the West Park ward. Whilst pacing up and down the streets I came across one of those doors that only a photographer could fall in love with, old, worn, hadn’t seen a coat of paint in many years, creased, blistered, cracked and peeling. The light and colours were dancing and glinting in between the flakes, with the warm sunlight playing across it’s grainy features I just knew I should have brought the camera and tripod along with me, and run the risk of upsetting or embarrassing the occupant!

I could see a work of art in full glorious technicolour HDR forming in front of me.

Would you? Should you? Or must you walk past and forget all about it?

After all, one could be quite within one’s rights to photograph it from the public highway in such a way that it would only be identifiable by yourself and the householder.

Perhaps I’ll give them a knock tomorrow to be on the safe side.

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Written by curly

April 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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  1. What was the scale of decline in heavy industry during the Thatcher years,Curly? Surely that took its toll on jobs, not to mention community. But, then, isn’t that what the Bullingdon Boys are trying to resurrect-society/community.After all we are all in this together!! Are we not?


    April 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    • We are indeed all in this together, but the task ahead is far more onerous than you might have imagined, and the decline in industrial output is far greater than you might have thought, as Jeff Randall describes in this piece:

      After a decade of Mr Brown’s micro-meddling, we are left with an industrial base in which manufacturing has declined more rapidly than it did under Margaret Thatcher. In 1997, it accounted for one fifth of British output; today it is down to about one ninth.

      All those Brownian “Budgets for business” and “initiatives for enterprise” have resulted in nothing more durable than an economy built on property speculation, crippled banks, public spending and unaffordable consumer debt. Figures this week show that bad debts on credit cards alone doubled from £800 million to £1.6 billion in the third quarter.

      Meanwhile, poverty is at least as widespread as it was 10 years ago. Contrary to Mr Brown’s assertion that our social setbacks were caused entirely by global calamities, the UK’s blight of poverty, unemployment and home repossessions began increasing in 2004, long before anyone here had heard of sub-prime mortgages or collateralised debt obligations.

      A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that 13.4 million people now live in low-income households, the same as in 2000. The number of very poor households earning less than 40 per cent of the national average is 5.7 million, the highest level since the early Eighties.


      April 15, 2010 at 12:23 am

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