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Thursday March 30 2017

imageYesterday I put up sixty eight photos, of demo signs, in a big pile, four square photos wide, seventeen square photos high.  Below all these photos I wrote about, among other things, my fondness for large collections of photos of objects, each object the same, yet each object different.

Today, just the one photo, taken at the beginning of this month, but a similar effect.  Yellow emoji key rings, on sale in a tourist souvenir shop just outside Waterloo Station. The photo is five yellow emoji key rings wide and twenty four yellow emoji key rings high, plus a bit extra around the edge.  Click on the cropped version to get to the uncropped original.

I love to photo the stuff on sale in tourist souvenir shops, probably because the photos tend to have this same thing going for them: lots of things, each the same, but often each different, as here.  Well, there is quite a lot of repetition with these yellow emoji key rings but there is also lots of variety.  Buying just one of these yellow emoji key rings would be completely irrelevant to the pleasure that I get from this large array of yellow emoji key rings, because that would not be an array of yellow emoji key rings, just the one pointless, isolated yellow emoji key ring.  Only the array does it for me.  And who would want an actual array of such things.  No, the ideal arrangement is a photo.

This is probably some kind of psychological oddity of mine, along with me being a pathological collector and and an old git who is mostly content with his own company, who, on the whole, prefers photographing life and blogging about life as lived by others, to actually living his own life.  Someone recently told me I was borderline Asberger’s, or some such thing.  No offence was meant and none was taken, although I was a bit surprised, because it had never occurred to me before.  But this is probably right.

This is presumably all part of why I like blogging so much.  I collect blog postings, at a regular rate of one blog posting per day.  Each follows the same set of rules.  Each is different.  One posting alone would mean nothing.  Assemble them in an array and they start to add up to something.

At some magnifications the yellow emoji key ring array on the right was encroaching upon the posting below.  This short extra paragraph will sort that.