For me, one of the enduring fascinations of photography, though I guess this holds for other art forms too, is that it makes you look again: at all those things you might overlook, or walk past, or otherwise not notice as you rush around the world with your gaze fixed firmly ahead.

This wall is in the stairwell near to my office, and I must have walked up and down it countless times but, until yesterday, I never really looked at it. And it’s probably a shame that we’re required to live our lives at such a pace that we rarely notice what’s under our nose, and in front of our eyes.

I should perhaps also explain that this isn’t a shot of a downward pointing arrow – it’s a window-sill. As I know what it is, I didn’t see any ambiguity, but my wife was less sure – so I thought it might be worth explaining ;-)

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Canon G5
9.27am on 19/2/04
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1/60
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