Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Grand Designs

One of the joys of retirement is watching other people at work.  Building sites, in particular, are endlessly fascinating, and you'll always find a couple of old guys with nothing much else to do intently studying the construction process, like old fishermen gazing out to sea.  Today, I joined them.

Without so much as a by-your-leave, my favourite underpass route into Southampton's town centre has been excavated, and some grand building scheme is underway.  So, for the first time in the 30 years I've lived here, I actually climbed the steps up onto the ancient city walls, and looked down into the great basin of activity from an elevated viewpoint.  The light was good, and I thought it was time I did a little straight photography, before I forget how.


Zouk Delors said...

The stick figures indicating which side of the notional footpath to walk on(?) are intriguing. Elfin safety gone mad, or a sensible precaution against pedestrian collision?

I wonder if the digger could be juxtaposed with a flamingo in one of your compositions? Or is it only crows you do?

Mike C. said...


Yes, I couldn't figure that out, either, especially as they're spraypainted on the ground. At first, I though it was the ground plan for a toilet...

Hmm, it's a thought, but first I'd have to find some flamingos, and at heart I'm really a crow man.


Kent Wiley said...

Wow, clean building site. Obviously there is more we're not seeing?.

Mike C. said...


Yes, looks more like an archaeological dig, doesn't it? In fact, I suppose it is possibly the remains of a "rescue archaeology" dig in advance of the building work, which is mainly more over to the left (some vast new shopping mall or some such thing). This was the bit I could get the best angle on from the city walls.