Every day the street gives me new hints on which to reflect so I decided to group together images taken in recent months in London and others that I found in different ways.
Since I started to have an interest in road strips I started to notice their imperfections, their textures, their wear and other signs that I had not noticed before.
I find it very interesting to examine how our perception of an object can change simply by observing the world around us.
The wear and tear of this material leads to having to reapply it and create layers of history.
One part will be more worn than another, just because the machines have gone through more on that point.
As you can see from some photos we can see how also the symbols are superimposed one on the other, the new one on the old one, the old color under the new one.
The road signalling part was the last new passion as I explained in the other post, and gave me a new insight into London’s identity in this case.
For example, as I passed over the Battersea bridge I noticed these old streetlamps, which are now powered differently than in the past but which communicate to us, with their aesthetics, their historical value. The shape of the lampposts in the meantime has changed and almost all of them have been replaced, but not these ones. Why not?
To preserve the identity of the city in that bridge? Why would it cost more to replace them? Or simply because their conversion to a new type of lighting was simple and immediate? Then why did the other streetlights change?
Here we see instead a new type of lighting related to the indication. This small illuminated road sign costs £400, not a little I thought. The cost is certainly not what a city pays to put them around but it is the cost for a private person. How does the road improve? Which object has gone to replace? only the sign illuminated from above or before there was only a reflective sign? these cambaims unite the identity of a city and are part of our culture of the place where we live or simply we are passing through.
The pedestrian barriers in Milan has been redisigned in the last 20 years, chenging the aspect of the streets.
a barrier is drowning (above)
The pedestrian barriers for examples are used also in creative ways as we can see below, the function doesn’t change but the postition and the way of using them change completly.
everybody down in the center of London
Blue and yellow for scaffolding, a combination of materials that I found interesting and somehow attractive.
Pedestrian barriers in Colombia, different from the other but still have elements in common with all the other countries.
I downloaded this image from a digital newspaper, I I became curious about how it looks very different, but at the same time there is no doubt in defining barriers for the urban context.
Above a construction lamp that i never saw in the streets anywhere and it remind me of the head of a Lego’s character.
Below a short video in Surrey Queys where the traffic light are blinking creating a untidy loop that caught my attention.