Street Fight?

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Andy Thorpe under Things

My mattress project officially stopped with the creation of the photobook, but I came across this scene on my way to work on Wellesley Road in Smethwick a few days ago (a fertile hunting ground for images of dumped mattresses).  It was a heavy situation in which I felt I couldn’t really intervene! From the […]

How do they sleep?

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Andy Thorpe under Things

This very inspiring photo of a mattress containing few visual clues about context, apart from the fact that it’s leaning against a wall, is from the back of my latest photo book “How do they sleep? A spectrum of mattress disposal options”.  The book is available on Blurb either as hard copy or pdf and […]

I See Red

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Andy Thorpe under People, Places, Things

The connection is bus travel, this time the interior of a bus rather than a bus stop.  I liked the way the lady’s red hair matched the various safety poles inside the bus so it was recorded for posterity.  It’s interesting that her red hair would normally be very distinctive in a crowd of people, […]

Cleaner Transport

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under People, Things

The connection is “windows”.  The shop window is in Bordeaux and here’s a bus stop window being cleaned in Birmingham.  The idea of course is to maintain public assets and also to make using the bus a bit more attractive by keeping the associated infrastructure presentable. I think I was very lucky to get this […]


Posted on December 8, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under Things

The connection is bicycle parking.  The above image also contrasts with the previous one on the basis that the cycle parking facility is at full capacity, rather than being used for something else because current cycle parking demand is less than capacity.  You might be able to guess that the scene above is from Amsterdam, […]


Posted on December 1, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under People, Things

The connection is people leaning, although instead of just resting the people are waiting, contemplating the world, reading, etc.  My guess is the train they’re waiting for will arrive on the left hand side of the platform! They’re also finding an alternative use for the copious number of cycle parking stands that have been provided […]

Informative Resting Place

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under People, Things

Well, I guess I needn’t have agonised over the universality or otherwise of the word “info” in the last post because an italic letter “i” is probably all that’s needed for most situations.  Yes, the connection is tourist/public information points, “info” or “i”. Having said that of course, the letter “i” appears to have been […]

Lily Pad Leaves

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under Things

The connection is “leaves”, this time waterborne ones rather than leaves from trees…although of course many of these end up in water.  Anyway, you know what I mean! This is a collection I’ve had hanging around for a few years but haven’t done much with, mostly because the fast black and white film (Ilford 3200) […]

Endangered Species No. 16307 – The Plastic Bag Bird

Posted on October 27, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under Things

The connection is “bags”, although the one here is of the less substantial sort whereas (most of) the tourists were carrying something more robust. I’m not aware that the World Wide Fund for Nature is interested, but the plastic bag bird, also known as the bird that doesn’t fly south for the winter, is becoming […]

Carbon Dating

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under Places, Things

The connection is sea-going vessels moored in a harbour. This scene in Tenby might however be considered as being more photogenic than the previous photo from Toronto. I think it might have a similar vintage (early noughties) although it’s sometimes difficult to date black and white photos because they can “hide” age-revealing colourful elements. Also, […]