Sunday, October 29, 2006


Who knows who this happy little chappy is? I spotted his smiling face about three years ago in Sydney around Surry Hills and the city. Last week, with glee, I saw another in Bondi Junction on a brick wall, but when I skipped along with my camera a few days later, the lovely council had scrubbed him away!! These were taken with slide film again, hence the hypereal colour.

I know they probably don't really look like him, but the image reminds me of a special little boy who is no longer with us, but who is still smiling down on another special little boy. A friend lost his father suddenly, and a few years later an old neighbour dug out an old newspaper clipping. There, beaming straight into the camera, was his father as a little boy. Since they were a poor family back then, it was previously thought that there were no photographs of him as a boy, and so the discovery was all the more special.

This one's for you Simon. You will always be smiled upon..........


Blogger Kitty said...

I loved this piece.

I often look at old photographs - of my grandparents, parents or whatever - just gaze at them and wonder what they were really like then, what they would say to me. Sounds twee, I know, but it is so weird to see their faces and know they were here once and are no more and that, well, I don't know, perhaps they would have something to say to me.

On a more down to earth and off the wall note, do I need to get the Council in to clean for me, then my dear Pod? I miss you!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

Looks a bit like your profile shot Pod!!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohn is right - the stencil DOES look a bit like your profile photo. Adorable. What a fun thing! The way they came out does make them look vintage, which is a real treat - there is nothing like an old photograph.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course I meant to say that "John is right..." and not "ohn is right..." - when I did my cut and paste I accidentally forgot to cut the "J". ;-) Whoops!

2:04 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Poddy, I've been away and have missed your stunning shots. These past few days, you've posted some bloody excellent shots. Now I'm curious to know who the artist is and who is this little boy he stencils around the city.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Thanks for youyr reaction to my reaction, Pod. We know where we stand, mate. Nice one.

Good luck to you & best wishes.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...


a smile for both of you.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Mountainboy said...

Hey Pod
Loving your shots, you must be familiar with our local boy 'Banksy'?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Maybe this work was meant to do exactly what it did for you - recall a specific boy from each viewer's memory. It's everyboy.

Funny that MountainBoy mentioned Banksy - that's who I thought of too. I have a Banksy shot that I will post in a few days. His work is awesome!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

KITS - i love old photos too, even of people i dont know. whaddaya mean you miss me? you've just been swanning around italy!! ;0p

JOHN - funny, i guess it does a bit. hmmm. curious

JD - get with it mate ;0) the face does look 'old', and also a bit like me....weird

ED - thanks! loved the last 'frodo' shot. i think there must be more of this boy around, if only i had time to amble about all day...

DOC - yes we stand tall!

INC - ta

MOUNTAINBOY - g'day! i didn't realise he was a local. taunton you mean? i keep wanting to buy his book. thank for the link and the visit

MR REED - i think you may be right. i love the way something seemingly insignificant can become suddenly relevant. look forward to seeing yours

9:51 PM  
Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Now now Pod, you can't have my dog, be serious! but you can have my budgie tray... it's going in my shop in my vintage the little boy...I have graffitti running along a wall at the back out my garden, just outside.. I sometimes watch the young hoddie in the early hours sneaking along with in his motor and then get to work.. I leave him to it, I like it... I'll take a photo of it today for you if you like...

11:23 PM  
Blogger nmbd said...

oh the colors

5:37 AM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Excellent little boy - he does look a little bit like you doesn't he? And a little bit like Simon's little photo. Lovely! I'm going to have to pick out the Bert photo soon and post that! Love you loads Podxxx

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Pod!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

TAT - hello! yes please to the pic and the long coveted tray! nice to see you!

NMBD - yes, they are great with slide film. you never really know exactly how they will turn out

MOLLY - show me the bert photo! i cant remember it! good luck with the talk x

TRAC - oh indeed x

9:01 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Wonderful, he is very Banksy as mountainboy said. He is a West Country boy but I think he is Bristol based (?) We get very little graffiti in Devon but when we do it is very artistic. We currently have a beautiful rose, a crumpled half-moon and some Banksiesque gorillas.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

DONNA - hello again! good to see you. i like the sound of the crumpled moon....get your camera out! whats happening with your weather? sounds better than here! we 35 degrees on day and 16 the next..brrrrr!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Eleuktra Starsoft said...

Pod! Thank you for the part of the post that was for me. Lovely. Thank you.

I've just had a revelation. I used to love to look at old photos for the colours. I thought it was down to the photographer using a polarising filter but it may be that it was just slide film.

I'll post a piece about it.

Stunning photos again Pod.

8:39 PM  
Blogger trixi said...

You'r mural art captures are facinating! Keep em coming. I like seeing the differences and similarties of expression from around the world!

7:40 AM  

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