Butterfly & Blu-tack

By mrswoolybill
During university term-time, this wall in Durham is normally covered in posters...
Bill rejected the subject because he felt he would have to clone the dead Blu-tack out. I didnít feel any such obligation.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Specialist and abstract Street art

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Ray42 9 3 England
10 Aug 2011 8:00AM
Well seen Moira - surprised its just blu tack

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Lydia 6 4 Greece
10 Aug 2011 8:12AM
Oh, really well spotted, a hell of a difficult shot to get the crop exactly right though. I'd actually be tempted to 'cheat' and 'clone' the last blob on the right a couple of mms to the left, and then crop in just slightly! Depending on what you have to play with though, there may be other crops that might work. As I said, "difficult", but I really like this.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 8:17AM
Butterfly ? Bat ?
Blu-tack makes it
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1793 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 8:29AM
Arrietty, that's an interesting thought. I composed very carefully, but for the placement of the butterfly and the lines between the bricks, rather than for the blobs. I'm not above cheating but I didn't think of moving them! I have a busy day but I'll try to have a play.
Barbara, you have cleverly identified the butterfly-winged bat, a previously undiscovered species. Either that or you're batty...
And Good Morning EPZ-land!
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 8:32AM
Super shot Moira, well spotted and captured, super textures and tones.

shush 7 1 7 Canada
10 Aug 2011 8:44AM
Simple and effective....you have a good eye for accentuating what most would miss such opportunities.

ChrisOs Plus
12 2 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 8:54AM
Definitely an air of menace about the vampire butterfly. Fangs for the memory.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
10 Aug 2011 8:56AM
Well seen and captured Moria, interesting that the posters have gone yet the blue tag remains.
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 9:04AM

Quote:Well seen and captured Moria, interesting that the posters have gone yet the blue tag remains.

Oh, blue tack remains for ever, especially where you don't want it to Wink
Well spotted Moira
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 9:09AM
An excellent find Moira - you certainly have the knack for these things!!
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 9:15AM
Great spot - a budding Banksy!
An ice cube lifts this stuff off quite easily. I'm surprised Bill doesn't have one in his camerabag.

For me your composition is bang on Moira, shame about the blue tack, but it's handy stuff, better than pin holes everywhere.

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
10 Aug 2011 10:03AM
Well observed Moira, thats how they use to end up Sad Ron.
Dg 6 1
10 Aug 2011 10:12AM
I love it as it is... rather an innovative approach to the other commercial explorations of the theme.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
10 Aug 2011 11:07AM
Along with Guinness and the Microwave oven,Blu-Tack is one the finest inventions for mankind Moira.After I put the poster of Paolo Nutini up on my daughters bedroom wall,I was ready for a refreshment and a sausage roll !! I see many butterfly shots on site,and reckon this is a Large Blue here.And nice to see a tacky image from you too !!
sherlob Plus
11 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 11:35AM
For me the blu-tac isn't a problem, it's just another texture within the frame. You could argue that it also adds to the narrative of the image - this isn't a wall - it's an essential medium of communication for the people that use it. The blu-tac reminds the viewer that this is more than bricks and mortar, it's purpose extends beyond the obvious. Perhaps I'm over thinking things again - suffice to say I'm glad the blu-tac is there.

I do love this type of find - was this graffiti or art? Was it commissioned or vandalism? What does it mean? If graffiti - for me this is a comment of hope. That the artist wants to raise a smile in the viewer - to touch them as gently as a butterfly who lands on your hand. That someone could plan and execute such a thing is full of hope - especially in these turbulent days.

Thanks Moira,

jaktis 13 84 Sweden
10 Aug 2011 11:59AM
I like the picture of Batmans return

Rach1970 9 14 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 12:01PM
Haha I just like the idea of 'dead Blu-tack' Smile
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
10 Aug 2011 12:39PM
I have no idea what Blu-tak is but it certainly doesn't ruin the photo, whatever it is. A strong and attractive composition.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1793 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 1:23PM
Joline, Blu-tack is a sort of putty that is used for sticking up posters because (theoretically) it can be peeled off without leaving any mark.
After our daughter left home it took me a weekend to clear her bedroom walls of the stuff and repair the damage, and then three coats of paint to cover the marks...
Thanks folks. Re Adam's comment, this is art to me, it's an optimistic emblem and it seems strange that for much of the year it is hidden.
I've been photographing an allotments Open Day, in pouring rain, and now I have the pictures to process before a meeting... Back later!
10 Aug 2011 1:55PM
i can see you have pondered on how best to frame/compose this, but it is your eye that sees these things that so intrigues me. Wish i had a quarter of what you have
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
10 Aug 2011 4:10PM
Blue-tack? Mmmm...that's one way of stopping wildlife flying off whilst trying to photograph it! A well seen and captured image, Moira, think the Blue-tack adds to the shot Wink
Trev Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 4:53PM
well, one I might not have seen or passed over you did well to realise its potential
Niknut Plus
7 1.6k 76 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 4:55PM
What a shot ????......well seen little 'cameo'.....looks like a butterfly has slammed into this wall at 'warp- speed 9' ??.....fun shot, but intriguing nonetheless !
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 5:33PM
Gorgeous, blu tak and all. Well composed also.
10 Aug 2011 6:06PM
An interesting find Moira, and a good catch.

John Smile
danbrann 13 636 17
10 Aug 2011 6:37PM
Adam took the words right out of my mouth Moira.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
10 Aug 2011 8:43PM
those different shades of blue are a wonder...
LexEquine 11 19 United States
10 Aug 2011 10:00PM
'Excellent color, tonality, details, textures, & composition,...make for an effective abstract view'...Peter
davey_griffo 8 213 165 England
14 Aug 2011 7:02PM
All adds to the "charm".
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
14 Aug 2011 7:36PM
I thought the blue shades complimented each other Moira Smile Well composed & found SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile xx
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
20 Aug 2011 12:43PM
I guess this must be the rare black hairstreak, I've not seen this species before, what a find!Wink

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