I feel like writing about something a little abstract today.
During this years festival I passed this Red post box on the way to somewhere. I’d never noticed it before. It lies on the street just opposite Roath Park pleasure gardens, about half way down the road. It struck me as a very defiant postbox battling an over intrusive tree. I was in a rush but I felt compelled to stop and take this picture which I then totally forgot about until now when I came across it while looking for another photograph in an album.
The tree appears to be slowly eating the postbox, possible for vengeance of the amount of paper letters (e.g former tree’s) that have passed through the box over the years. It could possibly be seen as a metaphor of the slow disappearance of paper and general use of the post as nature takes over or possibly it was just an ill choice in terms of locations for a postbox. Who knows? I just like it.
It also reminds me of an ancient Persian story I once heard. The tale goes that a wiseman attempted to find a phrase that was suitable for any situation. After much thought and debate he adventurually come up with the adage “This too shall pass” a phrase that could be used anytime or anywhere. It’s also one I think applies to what I do as a blogger as well as the temporary nature of social media and the digital environment.
All these thoughts emerged from a momentary halt, half way down a street in Roath whilst on the way to somewhere else. That’s what I really like about Made in Roath, it creates this open mindset which strengthens the creative thought. The environment of so much art happening in one week increases your own creativity. It reminds me of the story of the three princes serendipity. In the tale, three princes from Serndip travel through a land and through utilising a mixture of deduction (in proper Sherlock Holmes fashion) and good luck succeed in many adventures. It’s one of the worlds first detective stories. It is also where we get the word Serendipity from because the Princes were looking for good fortune and adventure and they found it. Much like during the festival, you’re looking for culture and art so are more readily able to discover it in the most unlikely of places.