Thursday, 27 August 2009

Postcard 40: Swansea, Dylan Thomas and Salubrious Passage

Coastcard work-in-progress

Above and below: Salubrious Passage, Swansea

Above and Below: more Coastcard experiments

I am in the process of designing some greetings cards of Swansea, home town of Dylan Thomas. Last week I was looking at some of my photographs and experimenting with a design based on the famous alleyway, Salubrious Passage. I have been trying out different colour schemes, as you can see.

You will notice the stone tablets or open books, incised with words from Dylan's famous poem (and one of my favourites), 'Fern Hill'. You will also notice the cherub holding the strings (which look like reins).

Imagine my surprise when I visited Seth Apter's blog, The Altered Page, to see a rather similar image. ('Chinese Checkers', picture 3). It is not identical, but I cannot help wondering if there is some common influence. What do you think?

There are more cherubs in Swansea in the vicinity of the Grand Theatre. Dylan Thomas referred to this alley as 'Paradise Passage' in his ghost story, 'The Followers'.


The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the vibrant colours in that first photograph Caroline - also love the name Salubrious Passage - so fitting for Dylan Thomas's neighbourhood I think.

Cathy said...

Hi, thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind words. I am certainly enjoying my break. I must say that the first image is very impressive. The colours you have used are very striking and contemporary.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely works in progress, the first one particularly, such lovely colours