Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Snowmen...

I've been in New York since Sunday, arriving in the wake of the snowstorm otherwise known as Nemo, with the streets piled high with frozen drifts. The snow has been slowly melting for the last couple of days, slush collapsing in great heaps, although a few snowmen survived at the Lincoln Centre, which is the hub of New York Fashion Week. Anyway, I've been meaning to post these pictures that I took in my local park in north London a couple of weeks ago, during the last heavy snowfall. There's something magical about snowmen -- occasionally eerie, sometimes sad, or wistfully touching, perhaps in their suggestion of otherworldliness... and the knowledge that they will disappear (as we do, too). I love the inventiveness of whoever made the snow-dog, and the snowman in the tree. And since then, I've been thinking about snowmen and fashion; which might sound pretentious, but I hope not... there's no theory or philosophy attached to these thoughts, just bits and pieces, meandering and drifting in the midst of the babble of Fashion Week, about how that which seems frozen is also fragile.



6 comments:

thevelvetnap said...

love that little guy in the tree. Reminds me of that gorgeous Jack Frost book by Kohara - have you seen? just perfect

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Aww ... the snowmen are adorable. I wish I could build one here... NO SNOW... Happy Valentine's Day

enid said...

What adorable snowmen but they look sad. Made me think of the Raymond Briggs Snowman " the whole world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day... and it was on that day I made the Snowman."
In South Africa you could never make a snowman so thanks for the photos.

Justine Picardie said...

Thank you -- the snow man in the tree is wonderful, isn't he? (Or she?).
Back home in London now, where the snow has melted...

Young at Heart said...

a snowman in a tree? That is some serious snow action.....I don't think I've ever seen that brfore!!

kairu said...

Justine, I keep seeing these lampposts in London, and thinking of you, and of Chanel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kairuy/8543352218/in/photostream