This finishes off this series. Unlike the previous desktop posts, the appeal of this one is subtle. I like it because of the phrases. This one desk has: “LOLA COLA”, “I ❤ Mark”, “Summer Skin”, “HEY TONIGHT”, and my personal favourite, “Bacon Lettuce Tomato” inscribed in a heart.
I was in a classroom recently and I noticed that the desks were defaced. It’s a low-grade form of vandalism, but it’s still from the same impulse that has led to most of my posts so far. And while this is a ubiquitous problem for probably any school with a desk in it, and in that way it’s a bore, I have also noticed that by taking a photograph it places it in a new context. Seeing these desks in a photograph immediately allows for an easier comparison to a wall sprayed with graffiti. The comparison shows that desk scribbling is more casual and absent-minded. It appears that the unconscious is more at play. In the example above, someone has written “silence of the lambs” and either “queen” or “queer”.
This photograph was taken on 29/10/2011.