These three pictures are from a batten of about 1.5 m x 12.5 cm supporting a trellis bordering my front garden. Initially I was attracted by the natural pattern of the grain and the texture of the timber. But when the images are placed together there is another feature that figures prominently. Bogart’s famous line from Casablanca immediately sprang to mind, in the scene where he proposes a toast to Bergman, ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’.
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The message is clear: the farmer would rather you didn’t cross his field, but if you do so will you please fasten the gate. I was attracted by the texture – the gate is almost tactile and contrasts with the strands of the twine – and by the colours. OK the colours have been saturated a little to make the point.