Found this bit of beauty – this still life of a street scene…this thoughtfully created and cultivated sidewalk-garden – I found it a month ago, in July, in Toronto, on the day before I left for a month-full of adventures. My first travelling adventures since leaving my workplace. It’s a wonderful scene – a gift to strangers and passers-by. And, a nice memory of the eve of departure for adventure, and departure from a work-life I had known and loved for many years. I was on the run that day – running errands, and completing tasks that need finishing before I could leave – when I stumbled upon this lovely scene..and stopped to take it in.
For August Break, I’m supposed to be sharing images of, yes, August! But, I’m breaking form instead! August Break is rule-free, after-all. So, I’m sharing photos I’m still processing – processing the experiences they represent. For me, this is definitely part of what ‘August Break’ is all about.
There they were. The three of them. Standing side by side.
Keeping each other company.
Waiting for the news to arrive. Waiting for passers-by.
Chain-arms wrapped round their sign-post buddies.
A little bit old-fashioned.
A little bit worse for wear.
You know those moments.
When the light is just so.
When it lands in just the right place. At just the right time.
And, illuminates something, like it was lit from the inside out.
It was one of those moments.
On the way to dinner with my cherished and long-time friend, whom I’ve known since grade school.
On a busy street – pedestrians picking up a few things on the way home, traffic everywhere.
And, the early evening light is splashing across everything.
Across the building facades, and the parked cars, and the store front windows – at that great, late-afternoon angle.
I’m keeping my eyes open for a shot. Something from the world around me that draws my attention. A detail. A shape. Some bit of beauty. But, there’s so much to see that I can’t actually see anything. It’s chaotic. Clashing colours and competing signs. The meat market, next to the shoe store, next to the coffee shop, next to the dollar store. Cheek by jowl. Add to that the moving traffic, and darting cyclists and rushing pedestrians. It’s sensory overload. But, there’s that sun light! Splashing. And, in spite of the chaos, there’s something fresh and alive, and time seems to be slowing down.
At the stop light, and over to my left, I see the wedding dress. In the storefront. Next to the diner. All lit up by the sun. Now, if I were getting married, I might even think it was a sign – seeing the sun shine its spot light on that gorgeous gown as though it were the perfect dress made just for me.
But, maybe, it’s a sign about noticing, and with it a chance to marvel at the light, and the unexpected beauty of a typical street scene on a Monday night early in springtime.
Either way, it was one of those moments. One of those wonderful moments,
This is another in the series, ‘drive-by photography’, where I snap a photograph while waiting for the light to change.
The smooth, sleekness of glass.
And, concrete. And, steel.
And frame, for this…
Who’s graceful limbs
Curve and turn,
Light with dark
Stark edges of steel and glass.
Its beauty, and movement,
To street and sky.