Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hi Ho, Silver

This Must Be The Seat Of Power

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


There is a specific reason that I choose to walk through the streets of a foreign city, rather than use a rental car. When you’re on foot, you see much more - and that is vital if you’re the sort of person who always has a camera around your neck.

In late December, I walked several kilometres around Singapore, making the most of a brief stopover. This shot was taken in the area known as Little India. My attention was caught by intricate carving on woodwork displayed in a street-front shop.

I took a closer look and marvelled at the work of the artisan. He smiled broadly and nodded his assent when I asked if I could take some photographs. The detail that I shot here is from a palace-type swing crafted from metal and comfortably cushioned in striped fabric.

I’m guessing it was sold as soon as it was completed and went on display.

18 comments:

Jenny said...

I also prefere walking through citys. I want to see how people live in foreign countries, and there is no better thing, than walk through the streets...

CrazyCath said...

The detail on that is exquisite! It must have taken so long to do.

It is so true about walking around somewhere. My oldest knows this area and town so much better than me because he was partly brought up here and so explored it on foot or on cycle. What a difference!
Same for me where I was brought up...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

You are quite right. Pins are so much better than sitting in a line of traffic, frustrated and impatient. Beautiful photo. I would have loved to know how much the chair went for.

CJ xx

Sandy Kessler said...

so intriquingly lovely

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

It's very fancy but I don't think it wud be comfy enuff for a Bear nap. ENyway. COme an see wat I got up to larst nite. HAHA! :@D

becky voyles said...

I love the design of this, David. I was wondering if you read my previous post before my Odd Shot today?

AirmanMom said...

I find walking the streets not only gives the opportunity to see details, but I find it plays with all the senses! The smell of foods, the sound of voices..simply the feel of a place which I am able to briefly live, if only for a walk.

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Sandi McBride said...

I loved walking in London, though I got helplessly lost, there was always a friendly soul ready to give directions back to Marleybone Station!
Nothing like a good walk

Epijunky said...

It's a stunning piece.

Lee said...

Walking does indeed beat driving when it is photo taking time! Lovely picture! The detail and pattern are something I'd buy for my place!

Cheers!

diane cook said...

David, I believe the fabric used on this exquisite chair would also look nice on the chair I posted today!

Maggie May said...

Yes, much better to go by foot with a camera. I find travelling by public transport a bit frustrating as I often want to take a picture and of course the scene quickly disappears.
Lovely shot of the chair. Exquisitely made.

San said...

Walking is the best way to see anyplace.

And such a detail to arrest the eye!

Meg Wolff said...
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SandyCarlson said...

That's a beautiful seat, David.

I too like walking around, camera in hand. There's something about being behind the lens and deliberately looking for the art that brings magic to the city and makes the magic that is there readily visible.

Thanks for making this magic part of our day.

Meg Wolff said...

To walk is to live. I second the motion David.

The seat is gorgeous and your title appropriate!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Beautiful, I'd have snapped it up! I agree and also always choose to walk around a new city, it's the only way to really see it.

Louise said...

This is gorgeous. Definitely a reason to walk.