The Thursday Image - No 1

Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging

My mother in law, Ivy often has a strange turn of phrase and occasionally  and quite delightfully mangles the English language, a few weeks back she turned the word, mesmerised into mezarized, which I kind of like.  Anyway I find I am indeed "mezarized" by reflections and how they interplay with the real world, over the years I have taken many such images, enough for a book.

But here today is one of my faves from last year, it was taken in during an holiday afternoon stroll in the Rodeo Drive area of LA.

The technicalities,.... I used my iPhone 4S and ProCamera for capture, the file was pre edited in Snapseed then post edited in Photoshop.

This particular image was entered in a regional art comp and whilst it didn't, win was the second "Peoples Choice" which was nice to know. The print now hangs in Wendys' office.

It is a bit of a statement piece for me, you may have noted from a previous post I am a trend and fashion contrarian, I see most of it as superficial and contrived, a part of the self serving commerce machine.

Anyhow the name, which just fits for me, is derived from a track off the now ancient "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" set, by Genesis, titled "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging".

BTW, should you have some spare time, check the Album (double album) out, at the time of release it was quite controversial polarising opinions left right and centre, but now after many years I think it stands up as an amazing work of musical exploration and provides some pointers of the directions that Peter Gabriel would take in the ensuing years.  Oh and take your time cause you really do need to listen to it several times to get the nuance and impact.

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