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Wednesday February 17 2010

Today, in London, it was the first first day of spring.  What I mean is, it felt like the first day of spring, but wasn’t.  The sky was cloudless, the temperature temperate.  Tomorrow, it will almost certainly go back to being winter.  Then in a fortnight’s time, there will be another first day of spring, followed by more winter.  Eventually there will be a first day of spring that really is the beginning of spring.

I, of course, went out snapping.  But because of the cloudlessness of the sky the photo that I took that I found the most striking, when I looked through them back home, was this one:

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Ignore the Big London Thing on the right.  I like it, but that’s not my point here.

Two other snaps also startled me, for a related reason.  I was photo-ing Billion Monkeys, and the Big London Things they were photo-ing, preferably both at once.  But what happens if you are photo-ing Billion Monkeys on the other side of the road, and a certain sort of rather boringly decorated lorry or bus drives past you just as you are snapping?  This:

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Modern Art!  Masterly in their monumental restraint.  Exhuberant, yet calm.  Big and yet somehow small.  Loud, and yet, almost perversely, soft.  And a strong yet also oddly reticent comment on the decadence of late capitalism in era of mass consumerism.  Click on them to get them bigger.  If you need to.

Actually, I think the green one is someone dressed in green walking right in front of me, literally about a foot away from my camera, just as I was snapping.  The thing is, if people don’t know you’re taking pictures, which is the situation when I am snapping Billion Monkeys, they don’t know to keep out of your way.  Fair enough.