45 Mercy Street

In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
of my entire bone,
my real dream,
I’m walking up and down Beacon Hill
searching for a street sign –
namely MERCY STREET.
Not there.

– Anne Sexton

looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid
are the dreams all made real

all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream
in somebody’s head

– Peter Gabriel

32 responses

  1. Your photos always tells intriguing stories!

    April 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    • Thank you. And there’s so many, surrounding us…

      April 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  2. absolutely fantastic collection of images. Great quotes to go with them. Lovely set.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    • Thank you for the kind words of support, it really is ever so much appreciated.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

  3. Jolly good post all round, Joseph. Your images are the stars however. As usual. My favourite this time is St Christopher and bub in the niche. I have a rather kitsch St Christopher and baby Jesus on my wall. I’m not a Christian I just like religious imagery. Ganesh is one of my favourites.

    I hope you are well, Jean-Pierre. Thank you for these doses of pleasure that you provide. 🙂

    April 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    • Hi Ashley! Glad to hear that you liked the St Christopher one, as I think it might just be my favourite as well – not that I’m allowed to have favourites of course, LOL.

      Yeah, not too bad, thanks. Hope you’re well yourself!

      April 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

  4. Psst! I think I’ve glimpsed Mercy Street in the acts of kind people and the serendipitous event. x

    April 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  5. All good stuff. The third image is the standout for me. Something about the sky in an empty billboard…

    April 18, 2012 at 2:32 am

    • Yes, that one caught my eye in a big way while driving along…Almost caused an accident getting it though! Swerve, brake, you know.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

  6. Lovely evocative shots……your themes often give me a ‘I can’t quite put my finger on it’, kinda vibe……this is no exception.
    Enjoyed these..Thanks.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

    • What a great compliment, thanks! And that was what I was going for, no, not really, but great to hear that’s how you experience them.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

  7. gorgeous shots!!

    April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

  8. These photographs are awesome! My favorite is the second one because I love how the statue is peeking out behind the little window niche. They are all really well done with wonderful compositions! Great post and work!

    April 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    • Thank you for the great comments, it really is much appreciated you know.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

  9. This train will carry us brother. And our lifes will be no more empty frames within a frame. Our lifes will be full of rides, women, wine & songs. These rides will be wild & funny, melancholy & beautiful. Just like this beautiful story telling of yours, JP. Great again!

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    • And that’s what we want, what we hope for, what drives us…Always.

      Thanks, man.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  10. Your photography reminds me nostalgic things; glass bottled soda, printed wallpaper, voluptuous televisions. All this say, I am a fan. Beautiful work. Also, love the Peter Gabriel at the end. Though it’s easily his most recognized song, one of my favorite melodies is “In His Eyes”.

    Blessings,
    Cara

    April 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    • Oh wow, what a nice thing to say…and so eloquently put! Yep, I’m quite the fan of everything nostalgic, and how! Thanks so much for liking what I do, it really does mean a lot to me.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  11. Good words and pictures, man! I especially like the one of the wall with the monk holding a child – presumably Jesus – the light spilling in top right definitely adds something, and that wall looks eminently hard and solid – nice shot!

    And also, two below that, the door with the pale brown panel, that’s an intriguing picture, appearing as it does to consist of a series of rectilinear shapes, very interesting and well seen. Adrian

    April 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    • Yes, the light spilling from the side was the main reason for using that shot, and I must say that I’m quite pleased that I did. Thanks for the nice feedback, man!

      April 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  12. The first and second pix for me. Good luck with your Nowwhereville project; look forward to seeing the results, or maybe excerpts along the way. best to you,

    April 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    • Oh yes, I’m definitely going to try and update as much as possible as I go along. Thanks!

      April 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  13. Man this third image tells me too much, great series!

    April 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    • Yeah, that’s the one that pulled this selection together…Thanks, brother!

      April 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  14. Bree

    Beautiful. Wonderful to watch as you move.

    April 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    • Hey Bree! Thanks, glad you liked it, and what a glide it is…

      April 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  15. I love the tone running through all of these images, you have such a fantastic eye!🙂

    April 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

    • That’s so kind of you, thanks Stacey! And you know I’m a big follower of your superb, and ever so evocative poetry…

      April 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

  16. Great visual storytelling. If you haven’t heard it, Elbow’s cover of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street is worth a listen.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:00 am

    • I recently discovered Elbow for the first time, but I haven’t heard the Mercy Street cover yet, will do though! Thanks also for the compliment, man.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  17. elmediat

    Excellent sequence. I am particularly taken by the second and last image. Something about the combination of the muted colours , and subject matter.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

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