Travelers take a lot of weird photographs. Here’s the first of a new series where I delve into my own archives and pull out the strangest snaps I possess.
China provided a wealth of oddities for me to admire and puzzle over, but the car-free island of Gulangyu provided more than most. On a gentle stroll around the whole island you will discover a range of inexplicable things such as piped piano music from the shrubbery, and lots of sculptures including strange screaming monkey-man creatures. Music doesn’t make a good photograph, but whilst any of the island’s sculptures could probably have been included in this series I’ll try to refrain from too many from the same place.
This one was (obviously) my favourite as it appears to depict a tough but standoffish man [left] disemboweling his lunging assailant/hugging admirer [right] through the power of his go-go-gadget-penis. Maybe it’s a statement about personal space being invaded? Perhaps the artist felt his masculinity was impinged by an unwelcome public hug? Whatever, this sure sets the record straight doesn’t it.