This is the last batch of images that I processed yesterday on the train. Both were shot in the morning. The bicycles in the Image of the Day stood in front of a school with attached kindergarten in Vienna’s Josefstädter Straße. I found that they had something … cool, a kind of adolescent charm and recklessness. I instantly thought of a gang.
The other image is of some shop for exotic furniture. They advertise end-of-summer sales (furniture??) in big letters written over their windows and they have two banners, one orange, one light green outside, along with the dark green of the wood. I go that way almost daily, it’s a short distance from work, and I have tried for quite some time now to put that impression into a photo. It’s a little awkward to isolate from the surroundings, but I guess I’ve made it this time. That’s what there is, that’s the essence, that’s what catches your eye from a distance, even when the surroundings would not.
The Song of the Day is “First Of The Gang To Die” from the stellar 2004 Morrissey album “You Are the Quarry“. This is a song about youthful, reckless heroism, a story about some young Hector, who was “the first of the gang with gun in his hand and the first to do time, the first of the gang to die”. A story about one who “stole from the rich and the poor and the not-very-rich and the very poor” and a story about one who “stole all hearts away”. It’s a story of love, crime, tragic heroism and ridicule. It’s a song about all the richness of life.
There are at least five versions on YouTube, I suggest to begin with the original video 🙂