Posted on August 11, 2015

August Inspiration #1: Pink Trailer with Plymouth

Pink Trailer with Plymouth – a static caravan. Beaten up, weathered, weeds growing out from under it, damp and humid.

Pink Trailer with Plymouth (1974) August Inspiration #1

An old car. Everything sepia tinged, seventies-style, with the whiff of summers’ past.

Plastic beakers and portable toilets and showers smaller than…everything. Chintzy curtains and sofas that fold into beds and wooden balustrades, ornate but dusty. Jigsaws and card games and abandoned colouring books, the lids off felt-tips, drying out yet staining the padded velour seats of the sofa.

That’s how this postcard inspired me: with nostalgia and a certain kind of longing for a time gone by. Sort of.

Just a feeling really and a happiness too; taking pleasure in the simple, the mundane, the less than perfect. Memories and adventures. Trailers and camping and caravan parks and losing a glove in Anglesey.

I picked it up at the IKON gallery in Birmingham.

The image is by John Salt and is called ‘Pink Trailer with Plymouth‘ (1974)

Thanks John Salt.

Does this postcard inspire you?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Emily@squiggleandswirl August 14, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I love how the weeds are growing around it, says so much. Our poor little van is under wraps waiting for warmer days and less busy people, but I hope when our girls see one like it in years to come they have lots of happy memories flooding in.

    • Reply daintydora August 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

      My dream would be to renovate a little vintage caravan – and the weeds would definitely end up poking up all around it! It’s all about happy memories and clubbing together and innocent and simple fun. Everything is so fast-paced these days that it’s nice to embrace – or just dream – of the ‘slow’ things and indulge in a bit of nostalgia :)

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