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This was taken at the same time as this one, in the office of an abandoned wallpaper and decorating shop, but I didn't post it at the time as I was fairly sure it probably wouldn't get an especially great reception. I've come back to it though, on numerous occasions, because there's something about the various stories that it tells that appeal to me. It's success though, or lack of it, depends on whether any of these stories are evident to you. Let me know.

Update: apologies for the lack of updates, but I don't have any new material to put up. All being well I'll post something on Monday or Tuesday.

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comment by nferreira at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2007

It's funny how the hang picture can tell so much about the person(s) who worked there. I like the desaturated and old look of the image and the broken frame.

comment by miChou at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2007

They're both great picture. And they certainly can have a lot of stories to tell :)

comment by Steve Tainton at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

Love the 3 dimensional and almost monotone nature of this image.

comment by SSH at 03:12 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

Wonderful shot, I love how the light plays here... Cheers!

comment by Richard Trim at 10:04 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

Yes ... plenty of feel of past times and it expresses sentiment without over-doing the sentimentality. I'm glad you referred us to the ''this one'' as a reference point. It certainly helps ... Gets the mind working creatively.

comment by joanium at 10:42 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

Haha, it looks like if the cat gets really anxious, he can escape out of the frame. He's got an emergency exit ready.

comment by Eric at 11:03 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

My initial reaction what that it was a bit "weird" so I understand how you hesitated posting it but I think that it's a great photograph that tells a story and I'm glad you posted it.

comment by Joseph at 11:06 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

its so crap, its wonderful!

lovely stuff david!

comment by odi at 12:58 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

a detail is enough to dreate insolite!

comment by odi at 01:11 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

it could be a banal view : but a detail make it strange, amazing

comment by si at 03:13 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

this is quite possibly the only photo i don't like of yours. i don't get it. maybe i'm too tired to think about the story behind it, but even then i just don't like this one. it might be my dislike of wallpaper and cats and old cheesy frames and faded photographs. but i like everything else!

comment by redge at 05:47 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

I think that the brightness of the white background somehow competes with the texture and color of the wallpaper making it look a little odd to some. The image looks better with black. Try it!

comment by Ruben Vermeersch at 06:56 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

I love it, really, appeals in it's simplicity. The light falling into it probably distinguishes it from plain dull, I'm not sure, but it has a certain appeal to it. Great shot David!

comment by Joseph at 09:46 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

redge, I think that the white background suits it more actually...but then again... I am colorblind :)

"Try it!" :P

comment by Keith De-Lin at 11:46 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2007

cool shot.

comment by Robert at 02:11 PM (GMT) on 23 June, 2007

On surface, my gut reaction is blah, but once you start checking the details (cheap frame, old transparent tape, sun bleaching on the photo), it starts the wheels turning.

I get the idea that someone felt you're supposed to have something to warm up an office wall, but didn't feel like putting the time, money and effort into choosing nice prints. They didn't feel attached enough to it to take it... who can blame them?

comment by Greg at 02:15 PM (GMT) on 23 June, 2007

From beautiful scenery around Blackpool to a bad 70's mayby 80's office wall ..... throw in some smoke shots & event photos, as well as creative shots of your kids....... you've got some variety going on, which keeps me coming back.
I like that some one has used this photo frame to stick either another photo or picture on, as you can see the sticky tape marks where the other display must have been...... kind've makes it even cheaper, to go with that tacky wall paper.
I love how a simple shot can extract so much thought...

comment by jelb at 06:59 PM (GMT) on 23 June, 2007

Nice..Happy new year, again!..

comment by Minh at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 23 June, 2007

There is definitely a lot to read into this photo. How the frame is broken and ajar so that the kitten can escape the inquisitive puppy. I especially like the kitten's posture. I guess that credit would have to go to the original photographer however. Great old-school textured, granular wallpaper too...Good one djn!

comment by Kelly at 04:19 AM (GMT) on 24 June, 2007

So sad - like somebody has left behind after a hasty move out of their place. Wonderful shot.

comment by lasiate at 01:58 PM (GMT) on 24 June, 2007

la fin des images! triste et amusant à la fois

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 24 June, 2007

Great idea with a picture in a picture and the image of the cat and dog is really cute

comment by kairospix at 06:14 AM (GMT) on 25 June, 2007

this shot evokes thoughts about relationship...

- opposites can attract (cat and dog)
- allow for space in a relationship (the opened frame on the left)
- there are ups and downs in a relationship (the ligth and shadows casting on the photo)

nice creative capture of a frame within a frame with interesting light/shadow cast, textures and details

comment by peter at 07:39 AM (GMT) on 25 June, 2007

To be honest I'm not entirely sure about this one. It is well composed, the soft, directional light looks nice and emphasises the texture of the wallpaper. The frame itself shows wear and tear and the picture inside is faded, so we are in little doubt that we are looking at something relatively old. But why do I feel like there should be something more? Perhaps more of the surrounding environment where we can see other details from the room would make the picture tell a slightly longer story.

comment by Alice at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 25 June, 2007

I like this one. I like not only the stories that one can infer from the photo on the wall, but I also like the textured wall, the light across the photo, the broken frame, and the tape remnants on the photo. Nice shot and I'm glad you posted it.

comment by RD at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 25 June, 2007

I like dogs. I like cats. I like your pictures. But for some inexplicable reason I don't like this photo. I've come back to it several times and each time it elicits negative feelings in me. Hmm.... I'm ready for your next one.

comment by ek at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 25 June, 2007

your photos are beautiful!

comment by Robert Hall at 03:49 AM (GMT) on 26 June, 2007

David It is Robert Hall from Adelaide here. I love the way this photo talks of a history that someone has had with the image. The kitsch is transformed into something more by your study of it.
I have written a research proposal. Would you look at it for me? What is happening with your involvement with Critical Psychology Masters? I have asked Manchester to consider a tranfer is that ok with you.
It is great to see you floowing through on the art that you love.
Rob Hall

comment by navin at 06:18 AM (GMT) on 26 June, 2007

Very nice. I like the texture of the wall

comment by darkcapitaine at 01:52 PM (GMT) on 26 June, 2007

oh ! une issue de secours pour le chat .. vite, sors du cadre , il est temps
jolie photo, tres amusante

comment by Régis at 04:05 PM (GMT) on 26 June, 2007

That's funny, it looks really old and decayed with the broken frame and the passed-out colors.

comment by Mohamadreza at 04:54 AM (GMT) on 27 June, 2007

Nice picture! It's kinda funny, well seen & taken.

comment by Jennifer at 08:12 AM (GMT) on 27 June, 2007

A good one make you think - a little sad though.

comment by djn1 at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 27 June, 2007

Thanks all.

comment by Gild at 08:27 AM (GMT) on 24 July, 2007

This one is funny! I really appreciate the tones.