Saturday, October 28, 2006


I happened to notice this just after I got off the train in King's Cross, London, again back in August 2004. I am pretty much always looking up at the clouds. My mum would sit looking out at the clouds, and would get me to come and sit with her, telling me that not enough people noticed the clouds or knew how relaxing it was to watch them go by. I wonder how the artist got up there. I love the choice of position. I also wonder how many things we miss when we are walking along, caught up in our own thoughts, or getting annoyed with people that get in our way....?


Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

I love all this kind of street art you are showing, it's fantastic, there's heaps around Melbourne too. I wouldn't call it graffiti, that I do usually dislike. The way you have shot them too is very well done, great compositions all of them!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

we miss lots.
if you look to the roofs, well, you miss the ground,
if you look to the ground you miss the sky,
and if you try looking at both, well, you look like a nodding fool..

good pic :)

7:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Funny - I'm often looking at the ground! Not necessarily to avoid tripping, though that's a fringe benefit, but also to pick up stray pennies.

It's strange that next to the Chairman there appears to be an "anarchy" symbol. Mao would be pretty much the antithesis of anarchy, I should think!

8:19 PM  
Blogger First Nations said...

well well well!
you came highly recommended by my Stainless Steel Amazon so hither I hopped. And as usual she's right. I am now off to backread/view and more than likely to end up a regular. so post often.
You have a gimlet eye!

12:05 AM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

I hope that we start to look up more often. It is upwards that we find the lovely things. Sometimes if you step back from your own home and look up, you see things you've never noticed before.

And, if you look up at the sky when it is snowing, you nearly always go dizzy. But it's a really brilliant feeling. It's like you are actually up in the sky with the snow.

Houses above shops are always really interesting too.

Oh Podoo, you are my Podsteroony.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I wish I could be observant like you. I even miss really huge things - like when they demolished the big tower block by our school. I didn't notice - just thought it was a bit dusty that day!!

You do take wonderful photos. I have just caught up.

So what is this Elvis story with which you keep taunting my beautiful Trac?

1:23 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Oh yes, and we have got a lot of cobwebs that need clearing out.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

JOHN - thanks foe the positive feedback. i took some in melbourne last year. will post one soon...

INC - plus you have the added comlication of all the beautiful folk here. sometimes my head is spinning!

STEVE - i'll send you a dollar if you're skint? or is it the lucky aspect that makes you look for pennies? i think therein lies the irony with the anarchy symbol

FIRST NATIONS - thanks for hopping over. who is the stainless steel amazon i wonder? she is a wise woman by the sound of it! and what is a gimlet eye pray tell? ;0p

MOLLINS - i know. its funny how you suddenly notice something above a shop or something, that you had walked by for ages and never before seen. i love that. and the swirling snow. i really miss snow. i wish we could skip handinhand through the snow x

KITTY - well well, the wanderer returns! can i smell sardines? you funny thing! i can imagine you not noticing the demolition! welcome back! hurrah! i shall throw a bogroll out the window and cheer to celebrate your return.......even though you are slavedriving already! x

10:23 AM  
Blogger Mutha said...

Hey there. I come via First Nations blog. I too am a visual artist, i.e. observer of clouds, i.e. lover of random bits found on walls. I love this one because not only is it up high, but because of the angles of the buidings, one really needs to look up at the "right" time to catch it.
It also made me wonder how many other buildings you might see it elevated train or bridge near by...wonderful. Thanks.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*waves* Hello, pod! I be the Stainless steel amazon.
Well, that's what they call me, anyhow, so I suppose it works.

Beautiful stuff, and I love your subject matter. Have you seen this fellow?

3:45 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

MUTHA - hello. i almost left you a comment on FNs site. i liked the comment you left, but felt i had already gushed enough. yes, i would love to have seen this from other angles, another rooftop especially. thanks for the visit. i shall drop by when i get some time!

SSA - i was wondering who the amazonian was. welcome to podville. and thanks for the link. i had a quick nifty. some cool stuff. hoorah!

8:15 PM  
Blogger little purl one said...

Oh pod - I really like these photos. It is always good to look at things you never saw before - even things in your house and life sometimes you just don't notice. Also maybe just turning something ordinary upside down is fun - I'm also a big fan of mirrors - when I make things I can't seem to see them properly until I look at them in the mirror.

On the picking up pennies issue - Tony's dad keeps a record of how many pennies he picks up in a year and reckons you can average about a pound a year if you always look. (Although you can't cheat by going into Amuseument Arcades and checking all the little pay-out pots.)

9:07 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

The cloud formation is very eye-catching.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

LP1 - oh you are alive then?! i often wonder who much more aware we would be if we weren't so overloaded. that is weird what tony's dad does.....

KATE - hello! you look like you're on holiday!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Yeah, in NYC we have a Red Square in the LES complete with statue of Lenin about seven floors up.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful mother of yours who taught you such an important thing in life !

10:35 PM  

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