As my wife sometimes says, Victor Meldrew* is alive and well and living in Cork . Here the attitude of the young, careless litter, wasteful society all get a bit of a whiplash from his acerbic tongue.
So today I give you a lesson on focus from Victor Meldrew himself. Now having done a short evening photography course, Victor considered that by altering what was in focus on a picture, the human eye would be drawn to that area. However, he seems rather upset and frustrated.
At the edge of the quarry, Victor spotted a tossed lager can and took a picture of this offending article. I give you exhibit A:
Of course Victor’s eyes then settled on some blackberries and there was an almost perceptible upturn in the corner of his lips as a free dessert was spotted. Of course such exuberance didn’t last long as Victor took another shot of the same scene but now focused on this rather more attractive free meal.
“I don’t believe it”, cried Victor. No matter where he set the focus on the camera, the focus of the human eye was always taken to the empty lager can. Changing the depth of field wasn’t much better, the lager can still stuck out like a sore thumb, completely destroying the scene.
So what’s Victor’s lesson from all this? Take your rubbish home and stop spoiling everyone else’s view. If you think you are old enough to drink you’re certainly old enough to put the rubbish in its rightful place.
And with that Victor mumbled off down the road, almost forgetting he had a dog in tow. Victor’s gone for now, but I’m sure he’ll be back.
* For those unfamiliar with ‘One Foot in the Grave’, Victor Meldrew is a character played by the Scottish actor Richard Wilson whose catchphrase was “I don’t believe it”. On the BBC site the character is described as a “cantankerous old grouch”.