Yeah that title is a bit strange isn’t it…. Sorry about that.
I was planning on doing a bit of a post about London’s private gardens. The squares that should in my opinion be open to the public to enjoy but instead are there for the privileged that can afford to buy or rent homes in the areas that have these large open green spaces within our concrete jungle. There just for those that can also afford to pay the annual key costs; not the average working class person, not your average Londoner.
This beautiful looking green space is Eccelston square in London, SW1. Increasingly it feels like I need to move away from my city. Increasingly it feels like you need to be earning a huge income or next to nothing – topped up with housing benefits, tax credits, child allowance and other benefits that people wouldn’t need if they were given a decent London Living Wage.
Increasingly I find things like these private gardens frustrating. Perhaps its my shifting political opinions, perhaps its because I just think its bloody unfair the way hard working people that fall within that middle income seem to be the worst off in this bloody city I love.
These park areas are dotted around and closed to the hoi polloi; God forbid that the elite should have to mingle with commoners… Don’t get me wrong here, I have nothing against wealth but I do have what some might call ‘a chip on my shoulder’ about particular issues. I don’t have the time to do a full personal project on these gardens and perhaps that is just as well.
You might be wondering where do sheep come into this? You might have even forgot that the word sheep is in the title?
I read a post on one of the blogs I follow, how this chap came across some fish leaving the water as they ate, he stood and watched for a while because he had not seen this before. His post reminded me of seeing a long line of sheep walking across a field. One by one they stopped under a tree and looked up before they carried on with their journey across the field. Have you ever heard of the saying ‘People are like sheep’?
Well its true. I stopped to take the image above and people stopped to see what I was photographing. Its not the first time; it happens a lot. It amuses me that I will stop to take a photo and then two three or more people will stop to take the same photo. I’m not talking about the tourist attractions or something spectacular but just normal things like concrete stairs. What is that about, why on earth does that happen and what do they think they are missing?
Want to try an experiment? You and a friend stand in the street and look up at something and I guarantee people will join you.
Jim Jimmy James
That looking up thing works every time mate. You should try climbing over the gate, and relaxing in those gardens. I doubt any of the key holders would suspect that you were not there ‘officially’.
By the way, when I went back two days later, those fish were still jumping!
If I was twenty years younger those gates wouldn’t be an issue. I’d need a couple of ladders now.
So often people pause to see what I’m taking photos of, particularly if I’m faffing around with the tripod, even if they don’t then join me! To be fair, though, I sometimes watch others taking photos too; on occasion doing so has given me an idea or helped me to spot something I might otherwise have missed.