The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise

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Art Bites

Today’s prompt is ‘bite’.  I’d offer you a bite to eat, but we did lunch yesterday. What to do?  I have no photos of sharks, mosquitoes or lions.

Street art is full of teeth…. lots of gaping jaws.  This is a collection from the streets of Toulouse, Bristol and Newtown, Australia. They dont really bite!PSX_20200411_203024PSX_20200411_204257PSX_20200411_202821PSX_20200411_204625



Magical Talismans In Sand

When I first saw the patterns made by the crabs I thought it was a message for me alone. Now I know differently. I learned to listen to what the tide was telling me. The beach is their canvas, there are many messages as each crab expresses what it feels.


In my dream it was promised

I will be this next.

The tides have told me

I will live in the sun

And make my nest out in the air

The waves will be a memory

Contending clouds

Will be my wide new sea.



The shadow of the hawk

Will keep my nemesis – heron

Away, he will not dare

To land near here

My strong magic

Protects me still



This ocurred in our mothers’ time,

The time of our parents

Beyond our parents.

We watched it fall, that star

Dragging down darkness

Howling as it came.

Soon it grew cold,

Many of the creatures around us

could not survive.

We crabs still

Live upon this beach,

Going, as we do,

About our business.


More art by crabs

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Character From Art

Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?Photographers, artists, poets: show us a CHARACTER.

I cant think of any literary characters I’d like to meet, apart from Nancy and Peggy  the pirates in ‘Swallows And Amazons’.  Since I’m no longer 12 years old, I’d be locked out of their magical world. Chatting with James Bond might prove fatal and I’d just be another  muggle to Harry Potter.

There are many real historical characters i’d like to meet.  I’ve just been in Menton, France where I visited the Jean Cocteau museum.  I’d have loved to hang out with Jean and his mate Pablo (Picasso) learning to see like they did.  It’s hard to photograph visions, but their art has given us a clue.   I’d probably be just another muggle, but maybe I could blag a souvenir sketch or two.


In search of the artist.              Plaza Major, Madrid, Spain.

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Found Art, Order In Chaos

I’m a great admirer of William Eggleston, a photographer who is able to find beauty in odd places, using textures, shadows and colours. A poster of his ‘The Red Ceiling’ hung on my wall for years.  I’ve always been drawn to demolition sites, odd city walls and back streets to find interesting photos. I like to find order in chaos. They can be quite abstract, literally photos of ‘nothing’. I find they help sharpen my eye, allowing me to ‘see’ better.
This is a small collection of some of these photos. My favourite, ‘Wall Hanging’ is from a demolition site in Brussels. I guess it was the backing of a bathroom cabinet or mirror. To me it’s ‘found art’.
Like patterns on water, these images are ephemeral. They’re impermanent glimpses. Then again, there’ll always be another, if you look hard enough.