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Symmetry and Vertigo

Ian Ker

Mt Lawley, Australia

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The footbridge at Salford Quays, Manchester, provides a symmetrical frame for the new development beyond – but with the lack of symmetry in the background creates a sense of disorientation at the same time, as the mind ‘expects’ the left and right to be mirror images of each other. To the left is the Lowry Centre, named after local artist L S Lowry, who was famous for his ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’, but was much more versatile and talented than this song gave him credit for. If you get the chance to visit the Lowry Collection at the Lowry Centre, you will see what I mean.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX30 IS with 35X zoom lens, focal length 4.3 – 150.5mm (24mm – 840mm 35mm film equivalent).
144 views @ 30th December 2012.
Featured in Cee’s Which Ways Group Group, 8 November 2011.
Featured in A Love of CANON Group, 8 November 2011.
Featured in the Where on Earth Is This? Group, 11 November 2011.
Voted top 10 in Techniques Challenge #12 – Symmetry Challenge in the Alphabet Soup Group, 19 November 2011.
Featured in the Retired and Happy Group, 19 November 2011.

MATCHSTALK MEN AND MATCHSTALK CATS AND DOGS
(Burke / Coleman)
Brian & Michael – 1978

He painted Salford’s smokey tops
On cardboard boxes from the shops
And parts of Ancoats where I used to play
I’m sure he once walked down our street
Cause he painted kids who had nowt on their feet
The clothes we wore had all seen better days.

Now they said his works of art were dull
No room, all round the walls are full
But Lowry didn’t care much anyway
They said he just paints cats and dogs
And matchstalk men in boots and clogs
And Lowry said that’s just the way they’ll stay

And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street with the sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

Now canvas and brushes were wearing thin
When London started calling him
To come on down and wear the old flat cap
They said tell us all about your ways
And all about them Salford days
Is it true you’re just an ordinary chap

And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street with the sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

Now Lowries hang upon the wall
Beside the greatest of them all
And even the Mona Lisa takes a bow
This tired old man with hair like snow
Told northern folk its time to go
The fever came and the good Lord mopped his brow

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He left us kids on the corner of the street with sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

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