Saturday, March 10, 2012

Someone's shattered dream


Transitioning
London, ON, February 2012
About this photo: Thematic explores the "past its prime" theme this week. To participate, just head here.
A simple sign taped to a shattered window facing a downtown street signals a not-so-simple story that I found myself wishing I knew. Somewhere, someone's dreams of making a go of it here had been dashed. Somewhere, someone else was working toward making another set of dreams come true. Intersecting stories of failure and hope, both hinted at on this poignantly presented slip of paper.

We can choose to read words. Or we can choose to read the untold stories that lurk between them. How would you read a story like this?

5 comments:

Peter said...

I think this is a fantastic photo. I can't help thinking about whether the sign was written by the departing, or forthcoming owner. However, I think it's probably the departing owner, and I can imagine it being written with pain - especially poignant as it was plastered over a shattered pane of glass...
Peter

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

That photo makes my heart ache today.

Tabor said...

One of those photos that has a thousand words certainly. Very compelling.

Alexia said...

This evokes so many ideas - and yes, it's very melancholy.

lailani said...

This one makes my heart hurt and also makes me want to grab my camera and go take a picture of what remains of the letters, on my old store front. No new manager or owner, but some wonderful memories of something "birthed" by my husband and me. And unfortunately, laid to rest by the economy. I think I do need to go get a picture of the letters peeling away . . .