Author: David Woolbrook
Title: Netting on the Teign
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Bio: David Woolbrook lives in Sidmouth
situated on the Devon coastline and is a keen
Review: The River Teign falls from
Dartmoor to Teignmouth on the South Devon
coast. David's photograph shows two fishermen
hauling in the nets - one is barely seen.
The calm surface of the water belies the
hightening panic and struggle that ensues
is a town by the river on the far bank and a
few scattered homes that run up the hillside
toward the low cloud which billows in the late
afternoon. The nets are pulled towards the shaw,
arm by arm. Some fish are destined to be dead
on show in the window of the white painted brick
corner shop in the town, others escape for the
freedom of the river.
we happen to be swimming on the right side of
the river or within the reaches of an unseen
net, if we are free, it is often a matter of
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Brief Bio: This work was submitted to AbleStable by an anonymous contributor.
Review: FreePlay shows four empty
toddler swings and a roundabout at rest.
The formal composition of the photo runs
counter to the purpose of the objects shown.
The over-saturated colours and fluid distortions
suggest a state of unreality and dream.
playground is a place where adults are comfortable. A controlled environment
where freedom is constrained. The all-encompassing fence like the vertical
bars of a prison, and below each play object, an area where feet may
run and fall, but where in this scene none are present. A place of limited
fun. A place of escape.
is defined by the power to act, speak, or think without externally imposed
restraints. Playgrounds are good, but the dangers and treasures of the
unconstrained exploration of the outside world is crucial for our greater
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