Desolation Row #1

August 1st, 2008 - London, England


The walls of the Tate Modern gallery have been a happy hunting ground for me, though previously they've tended to serve as a background to comic scenes, as here and here.


I'm not sure if this man was truly desolate, tired of life, or simply tired of waiting for someone. Perhaps the Cy Twombly exhibition just didn't do it for him. Whatever the reason, for the seven or eight minutes he took to smoke first one, then a second cigarette - lit with the smouldering butt of the first, of course - he stood virtually motionless, back pinned to the wall, and barely raised his head more than once or twice. I felt for him.


Blogged on August 16th, 2009 on Ewan McIntosh's Social Participative Media, Education and the Future.


Briefly reposted on July 6th, 2011 in homage to the late, great Cy Twombly.


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Taken on August 1, 2008