i have this thing with …peeling posters & surfaces

i really definitely do. can’t help but be drawn to them on so many levels. peeling posters, painted surfaces flaking away, fading signs? tick, tick, tick. i find it hard to put it into words the way i feel about these things and how i’m so inexplicably drawn.

over many years of humanity, people often muse how things faded and old are no longer beautiful, but i disagree with this. fading, ageing, getting marks and scars and lines are signs of character. of life lived. sometimes the peeling and fading of paint and posters can actually be what makes them beautiful.

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
— Edgar Allan Poe

faded peeling posters on side of brick building

turquoise peeling paint on fence

faded graffiti on posters

i don’t know if it’s the collage artist in me, or just something i appreciate on a purely visual level, but i have a particular affinity with peeling old posters. those layers, the colours and jumbled words. the faded colours and unexpected colour combinations fill my spirit high.

sometimes the peeling and fading of paint and posters and various surfaces can actually be what makes them beautiful. before they may have been ordinary, poorly designed or put together – but give it that age and character and something shines through. many would be quick to disregard but that just leaves more for me to marvel at!

as always, i urge you to take a look at the world around you. just take a moment from time to time. beauty is everywhere, but sometimes you just need to look a bit deeper.

ghost sign in bath - abbey dairy

peeling paint and rust on lamp-post

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

side of building in bath

peeling posters in cardiff

paint flaking off pale green shed

faded pastel colours on garden gate

“I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” ― Yohji Yamamoto

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1 Comment

  • Reply Emma 29/06/2017 at 01:52

    I totally agree! I love taking photos of peeling paint.

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