On Sunday Man and I wandered around Nottingham. We’ve done this many times before.
The creative writing book that I’m working through tells me to look around me wherever I am, and I thought that was something I was reasonably good at, but Sunday I made more of a concerted effort and saw things I had never seen before.
Like this restaurant with the tuk tuk sticking out of the side.
I have been past this place, tucked into a little side street, many many times before and never even noticed it.
I need to try and be a little more observant, wander for the sake of wandering and not just because I have somewhere to go.
It’s weird trying to rediscover a creative side. I know it’s there somewhere, it’s just a matter of finding it. And how I then turn that into a way of Man and I earning money to support ourselves is still a bit of a mystery.
At the moment we are both just dipping our toes in the water to see what happens.
Eventually, I hope, we will be able to earn our living taking photographs and writing.
I love it! It’s so angry and the words are such a contradiction and it’s a traffic bollard.
I am actually a big fan of graffiti/street art, whatever you want to call it. I think it’s colourful and vibrant and alive. And it’s often in the areas of a city/town that are ugly and grey and could do with livening up.
Now I am not saying ‘yeah, let’s go and vandalise every building we can find’ and I would not want to see graffiti on beautiful historic buildings but mostly I have found that your talented graffiti artist is quite discerning about where he/she applies his art.
And this traffic bollard is fun (at least I think so).
As is this. You have to admit it brightens up a building that really doesn’t have a lot else going for it.
I only saw this because I was sitting on the upper deck of a double decker bus and that gave me an idea too. It would be fun to spend a couple of hours riding round the city on the top of a bus taking pictures. You’d have to find a clean bus so you don’t picture the muck on the windows but it does give you a completely different perspective on the world.
I thought this was a bit sad.
Happy hour at Murphy’s bar (although it appeared to last for four times the normal 60 minutes in your average hour!) is well and truly over and the place is now boarded up.
I think boarded up shops look miserable and there are far too many of them about at the moment.
It makes an area look run down and decaying, old and worn out. Sadly they are a sign of the times.
My attempts at taking photos through from the double decker bus were thwarted when the downpour started. I thought I’d take a couple of shots to see what they turned out like.
I quite liked this one.