When I was presented with the theme of ‘jam-packed’ I had a plethora of ideas – a tangle of arms and legs protruding from a red phone box, or a mini, a basket full to bursting with sleeping puppies, a train carriage heaving with commuters. The first seemed to need some feat of engineering and possibly an advertising budget. The second, possibly very cute but where am I going to stumble on a handy litter of sleeping puppies. I’m no JLo I cannot click my fingers and summon puppies, kittens or both. Really the only answer is the commuters. And after a sardine style train journey the last two days, today it was too bad. I am speaking relatively I must add, I am sure less seasoned travellers would claim it insupportable. I thought I’d get a shot of all the feet and bags but it just looked a murky-ish mess. I tried a subtle head height shot but really the view was just dominated by one large man with unfeasibly large headphones and I gave up. Here’s a clear insight into what I deem to be out of my comfort zone – people. I try for the surreptitious shot but it looks like some hidden camera out of focus and trying to catch someone out. I did end up with a nice shot of carriage doors opening onto a crowded tube with people squeezing out onto the platform. Two reasons it got rejected, it somehow didn’t look that crowded and secondly quite a few noticed me taking the photo – yes shock horror, someone uses a real camera not an iPhone, and they looked perturbed verging on angry. Better delete that, they look litigious!
Still at work and pondering on a replacement shoot I grabbed a Post-it note to jot something down and was struck by my little cardboard holster positively bulging with a rainbow range of the sticky notepads. And it got me asking – “Is there a chance I have acquired too many Post-it notes?” Hmmm note to self, no more sticky notepads - possibly ever!