Some may find this a bit chauvinist, but it’s a fact of life that when my family goes on holiday, as we did recently, I usually have to sit waiting outside shops of various kinds whilst my wife and daughter browse the products for sale within.  At one time it could be quite frustrating, but nowadays I just go with the flow and watch the world go by.  Outside one such shop, I caught sight of this statue, which I’d photographed earlier, shining like a beacon against the dark shadow of the church it stood alongside.  Snap.

To all intents and purposes it looks to me like the person depicted is calling for a taxi, hence the title ‘Taxi!’

This humorous approach was in stark contrast to my approach in including the statue in an earlier composition.

In this image, I’ve focussed on the front of the church which shows the scars of war, the pock marks are from bullets and shrapnel.

As photographers we have great power in portraying things in certain ways to our own agenda – as they say in the ‘Spidey’ film – with great power comes great responsibility.


Bloody Cushion

Marks the spot where we used to chop the heads off people in the Tower of London.

(Not sure what’s more macabre – the chopping off of heads or the commemorating it with a glass cushion with an indentation where a head fell.)


Fear is the Mind Killer


Fear is the Mind Killer

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit litany against fear.
From Frank Herbert’s “Dune“.

Interesting how your mind recalls things from your past when you see pictures or read things – almost as if there are hidden triggers in every experience that you push into your memory banks and once those triggers are activated the memories come back without a conscious effort to recall them.  ‘Dune’ was such a popular book at the time that some may be familiar with it and the phrase “Fear is the Mind Killer”.  A powerful phrase.