Friday, November 21, 2008

That's Hot, Rod

Never Mind The Hood, What's The Gearbox Like?

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


The things that catch your attention, hey? I used to drive past this place every weekday on my way home from work. You know what it's like - music turned up loud-ish, thinking about the kids and how their day went, and just ticking off things in your mental to-do list for the rest of the day.

You kind of see the same sights that you are familiar with - the wide streets, the beautiful trees, the expanse of green ovals.

Then one day you do the drive on a public holiday and all of a sudden you see a few things that you don't normally see. Thing is, whenever I drove past this place it was open for business, so these roller shutters would be retracted. All I'd see would be mechanics working on a variety of cars.

Then along came this public holiday. No cars in front of the place. No people. No clutter. And the roller shutters were down. So for the first time, I actually saw the great paintwork and the vivid colours on the corrugated surface of the shutters.

A bit like life, isn't it? You see what you think are familiar sights, and then suddenly and unexpectedly, you look at them once in a different aspect or a different light. That's when you appreciate the hidden beauty.


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19 comments:

Leslie: said...

Lucky you were driving by on a holiday. I love these paintings on the roller shutters - they're great and really eye-catching. I was also mulling about life last night and wrote a bit today. :D

Olga said...

Hi, David.
I wanted to reply to the comment you left on my stuffed peppers, but you did not include your email.

I do take my own photos and feel very happy that a professional like you liked them! Thank you so much :)

Chris said...

A wonderful observation of life.
David, thank you, by the way, for the kind mention last week.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Very color-full photos. You have a knack of finding/seeing the unique or unusual in the most everyday sorts of places. When I grow up, I want to be like you!

lisaschaos said...

Love the doors. I know exactly what you're saying. :)

avtcoach said...

Sometimes it does take effort to notice what is all around us doesn't it. I find myself on my way to work thinking of all of the things I have to do that day. Not long ago Honey Mommy posted about watching the sunrise. So on the way to work I actually looked to my left and although not as visible watched the sun rise. It was nice to notice something that is always there but I just don't pay attention to. Great post!

Anna said...

David you are so right, it happens to me all the time, especially now that I am actually limited on my travels, or even going out....BTW it is actually cool paint job. Anna :)

CC said...

It's amazing the things we miss b/c of crowds....

Lew said...

Amazing creativity that some people have! And how different a work place can be on a holiday. Years ago, a lot of barns were painted here with advertising - usually for tobacco products. Great sky watch again this week too!

Maggie May said...

Just as well you decided to drive past during bank holiday or you'd have missed it!
Very colourful.

Yes, I understand what you are saying, completely.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

David, a person could literally camp out at your website. Such incredible artistry and wit.

This conversation and the photographs remind me that there was once was an old, rickety tin store near our home in St. Augustine. Hurricane season (a few back) finally did it in, but more people posed in front of that building or photographed and painted it than all of the certified historic structures in town combined.

People on foot would peep through the broken window panes and imagine. Others would look at it askance. The thoughtful people could invision what it was or could be again, while the skeptics would have sooner hit it with a wrecking ball. You are obviously in the former camp. Your work proves it as your photographs have both vision and heart. Kudos!

Mommy Jo said...

My boys would love those paintings on our garage door!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Absolutely!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

PS: My 2 year old son loves the bright colours and the car..we are just over to look at Sandi's lady with the red bus...

Baino said...

Totally cool as usual and your eye for colour is wonderful. I wonder if that's a cultural thing? You are a machine by the way , pity your poor wife!

Hilary said...

There isn't very much that you do miss, so I was waiting for the reason you'd not ordinarily seen these doors. You didn't disappoint.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Awesome art work! Thank goodness for the public holiday and your eye for color!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

This is a very beautiful observation (as always David) and I adore the vibrant shots.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

very interesting, a different day and a different perspective...thats what I like about blogging general...other peoples take on same situation, event, life...its heart warming and enriching, even life saving l shouldn't wonder!
open minds, open hearts AND open eyes!!!(camera at the ready)