Fresh Sprouts

By woolybill1
While Mrswoolybill was talking to the painter of Work In Progress and Once Upon A Time In The North and taking her memorable series of photos she probably expected me to stand around kicking my heels and admiring the show. As she has explained, I didn't take a Nikon or three with me because the weather forecast was dire.........She entirely failed to remember that I still had the Emergency Lumix; she also entirely failed to notice the faded gem on the other side of the road.

It is a painted representation, full-sized, of a shop front, an old-fashioned General Store, probably overseen by the stammering wraith of some Arkwright or other. Version 1 is cropped, to concentrate on the remaining detail; Version 2 is the original, giving some idea of the lamentable state the painting has fallen into. Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of the complete frontage as the pavement was narrow and the traffic heavy. But I will show you the door one day - doors deserve a space of their own.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Wall painting South shields

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nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
12 Sep 2008 8:49AM
What a wonderful find, amazing shot with so much detail, certainly No 1 for me,


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Sahyadri 10 61 2 India
12 Sep 2008 9:01AM
want to see more!!!!! Smile

you have really brought out so much with that crop, but I do like v2 and one wants to see more ... say zoom out ....! as always great find. great photography.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
12 Sep 2008 9:07AM
Excellent capture Bill super but deteriorating detail. A great historical record as I don't suppose it will last much longer.

jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
12 Sep 2008 9:30AM
Lovely images, I must say I do like the crop. Loads of detail, those faded colours are really nice. Would make a lovely print this, well spotted.
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
12 Sep 2008 9:42AM
Excellent images Bill. It's amazing Moira missed this. Your eye must be keener. Thank goodness for the Lumix.
As for my image, you got me there. Point conceeded, this time. Gave me a good laugh this morning.
12 Sep 2008 9:52AM
Lovely images of a time gone by.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
12 Sep 2008 10:19AM
Brilliant capture Bill, with those wonderful flakes and textures, but still recogniseable; Beautiful image.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
12 Sep 2008 10:38AM
I hope they soon restore this one to it's former glory Bill. Very well captured . xxx
Mikelane 10 1 Wales
12 Sep 2008 10:41AM
This is excellent bill ,good find ,so much to see in this window ,just dont see them like this any more excellent work bill regards
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 11:45AM
This looks so superb, i cannot image it as a freshly painted image as i dont think it would have half the charm or character that the years have ravished on it
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
12 Sep 2008 11:57AM
Well seen. Lots of great detail here both in the painting it self and in the way it is deteriorating.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
12 Sep 2008 12:11PM
Nice to see a vintage mural painting

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
12 Sep 2008 12:33PM
This is fantastic! Well seen and presented.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
12 Sep 2008 12:52PM
Interesting shot
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Sep 2008 1:25PM
Texture, lines, urban decay-- a brilliant collection of all three!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 1:27PM
Very cleverly done, it looks so authentic.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 1:50PM
Not any more, they won't be and isn't it a bit early for the Christmas images?
Great detail and I prefer #2, simply because stepping back a bit is a bit more convincing of looking in a real window.

(Thankyou for your considered opinion of my shot yesterday - spot on and someone who read my comments! Wink)
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
12 Sep 2008 2:38PM
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 2:40PM
Super Well done
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
12 Sep 2008 3:08PM
I await with anticipation and bated breath for THE DOOR !!!!
What an excellent comment you make with ''doors deserve a space of their own''.
What a wonderful bit of ''lamentableation'' here with the paintwork.
(Just another word in Mikbees dictionary.) A good example of the three Gs here.(Grotty,Grimey,Grubby.) A super find Bill,and it is IWIHTT.
Ray42 10 3 England
12 Sep 2008 3:23PM
two nice pictures
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
12 Sep 2008 3:43PM
Agree with Hoffy love the step back it really does look like a real window
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
12 Sep 2008 3:51PM
love it Bill, makes for a great shot

newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 4:16PM
The crop works wonder's here Bill nice little find Smile
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 5:08PM
A faded but a real gem, looks like a painting and I can not decide which version I prefer.
12 Sep 2008 5:14PM
Great picture of a picture Bill. This is a gooden.

John Smile
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 5:20PM
Like the cropped version the most great texture on both
Cormy 10 3 England
12 Sep 2008 6:30PM
MNot so sure about their freshness but a lovely find Bill.
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
12 Sep 2008 7:01PM
V1 Bill, the sprouts must be pretty powerful now.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
12 Sep 2008 7:15PM
yes a good find and I prefer no 1 but but if you keep sticking your Are end into the middle of theroad we won't be seeing any more doors.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 8:33PM
What a find!!!
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2008 9:47PM
Excellent - love it.
Marilyn x
imagio 11 12 1 England
12 Sep 2008 10:50PM
Superb Bill

samsalt 9 24 1 England
13 Sep 2008 10:16AM
Keen eyed as ever, well spotted and taken !

I'm still trying to figure out how you posted two shots in one day though.

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
14 Sep 2008 12:49AM
Excellent find here Bill. Really great image.
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 3:03PM
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Sep 2008 5:10PM
A terrific find Bill, both versions are excellent
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2008 6:38PM
MickS 13 23 14 England
15 Sep 2008 9:47PM
Watcha Bill,
nice bit of urban decay.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
20 Sep 2008 8:58AM
very well observed....a beautiful image.

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