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Leith #11: Mr Greg Tattoo

By KingBee
In many parts of Leith, as in other parts of the country, the face of local consumerism has changed almost beyond recognition: if your old and trusted grocer's shop hasn't been taken over by a coffee house, it has morphed into a Turkish barber, or a charity shop, or a vaping outlet, or - as shown here - a tattooist. I could go on but you get the idea. I've deliberately retained the door jamb on the left-hand side whose styling hints at something from a more genteel time. As Mr Spock once observed, "Within range of our sensors, there is no life, other than the accountable human residents of this colony beneath the surface. At least, no life as we know it". Or, in my own case, knew it.

This is the last of my "Leith" series, but it has given me a taste for similar projects. If my cameras were in any way anthropomorphic, they, like me, would be longing for a trip abroad, because until Covid came along that, pretty much, was their raison d'Ítre. But in the absence of such in the foreseeable future I have discovered that there is much to photograph and document within a few miles of home. Of course, many of you good folks - like the Woolybills, for example - have been shooting locally and in other parts of the UK (or in whichever country you happen to reside) for years and have been producing great images for our viewing pleasure, and long may that continue. I'm only sorry it's taken something like the current pandemic to make me want to jump on that particular band wagon, but familiarity shall breed contempt no more!

Apart from anything else, it sure beats dredging the back catalogue! Wink

Many thanks to all who voted and commented on these recent images of mine and thanks especially for the UAs, including Viola's from yesterday. Have a great Sunday.

Tags: Photo journalism Consumerism Leith

Voters: SauliusR, cats_123, VincentChristopher and 32 more

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
11 Jul 2021 9:42AM
Looking forward to your adventures into deepest darkest....Leith (or wherever you may be next). I've found Google satellite images provide a fascinating insight into your locality...finding parks and pathways that we have been very unaware of... good luck in your ',new' venture 😁
KingBee Plus
15 554 2 Scotland
11 Jul 2021 10:09AM
Thanks Jeff!
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2021 11:00AM
The award Bob? For a great ground roots series of images and narrative. I can now add honesty to that, a rare quality these days!

Photojournalism is what it says on the tin and I love it because they are 'real' images. Not always as popular as some genres but we can't all like the same things, that would be boring!WinkWinkWink

Look forward to your next project.

peterkin 17 683 England
11 Jul 2021 11:39AM
Your first paragraph describes exactly what's happened in my small village, Bob. It's heartbreaking really to those who remember the village as it was.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2021 4:15PM
Fascinating window... Very well seen...
Isabel GrinGrin
11 Jul 2021 6:24PM
great shot and writeup, Bob ⭐
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
11 Jul 2021 7:23PM
A great final effort here, young Bob, and my UA is not just for today's image, but for the whole series, and in particular for the idea and the execution. Let us hope you find more projects to bring to our screens.

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