day 320: I see something you don’t see
I was in my old neighbourhood in Düsseldorf yesterday. I lived there for 4 years and I loved it. I had a 45sq flat with a balcony, in a quiet area called Derendorf and I also had a nice tree and a duck pond in front of my kitchen window. Yesterday I went to see my friend Martine and she only lives 2 or 3 streets from my old apartment. Her street ends right across from my favourite café, Othello’s, which is run by an old actor who used to play Othello. On the way back I stopped by a supermarket where I often went. When I walked out I felt like going the way I used to go when I was on my way back home after doing the shopping. Strange how easily old habits come back to you.
I took this picture from the tram and I’m amazed at how many layers it has. I mainly took the picture because of the builders and the girl walking behind them without them noticing. Only in postprocessing I saw that it was doubly self-referential and had to laugh. First of all, in the reflection of the window a guy seems to be pointing back at the girl for the benefit of the two builders. Secondly, the writing in the shop window says “I see something you don’t see”. Apart from seeing the girl I also see the funny bat on the plant bucket, which is invisible to the two guys as well. Well, clearly I saw something that they didn’t see. And then my camera saw even more than me …!