There are familiar streets where I walk often. I know them as well as my home, yet every day I notice small differences – changes in the light or weather, a shift of angle, something dropped or spilled – and most days I take a few photos.

There are unfamiliar streets where I travel watchfully. I have a poor sense of direction and am easily lost. I look for small things – the colours of a poster, the shapes of a tree, a pattern of cracks in a wall – to mark my way. I take quick pictures to locate myself, as if leaving a trail of thread or a sprinkling of crumbs along the path.

Sometimes, from the corner of my eye, I see a shape or pattern and have a sense of how it might look reflected back on itself, as in a pool or mirror. When I get home I copy and flip the image and join the two together. The results are never quite what I expected – more strange and complex, they often have the look of characters from untold stories, misremembered folk tales, a lost tarot.

Each one holds the memory of the moment I found them – why I had been there, the time of day, how I felt, what I was thinking about, the scents in the air, the light of the season, the spirit of the place. They also arrive with a distinct personality, carrying their own surprising messages and meanings.

These are my street goddesses, making the familiar strange, making the strange familiar.

 

I Cracked Goddess of the Snack Bar Window

I    Cracked Goddess of the Snack Bar Window

 

II Night Queen of the Railway Wastelands

II   Night Queen of the Railway Wastelands

 

III Sun Goddess of the Duck Pond

III  Sun Goddess of the Duck Pond

 

IV Wind Witch of the Seed Pods

IV  Wind Witch of the Seed Pods

 

V Underwater Queen of the Municipal Fountain

V   Underwater Queen of the Municipal Fountain

 

VI Wired Witch of the Back Streets

VI  Wired Witch of the Back Streets

 

VII Death Goddess of the Leaf Rot.jpeg

VII  Death Goddess of the Leaf Rot

 

VIII Spinning Witch of the Hot House

VIII Spinning Witch of the Hot House

 

IX Rain Goddess of the Tree Bark

IX   Rain Goddess of the Tree Bark

 

X Guardian Goddess of the Cemetery Gates

X   Guardian Goddess of the Cemetery Gates

 

 

Mary Frances wanders around a lot taking pictures of things which aren’t there.

Some of them appear briefly on twitter @maryfrancesness

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