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Snowmen Of Yesteryear

December 11, 2022
by the gentle author

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With snow forecast in the capital, I thought I would look back and consider the transient souls of those long-gone East End snowmen of yesteryear that I was able to immortalise with my camera.

At first I came upon them in yards and gardens, but before long they were scattered all over the parks and open spaces, lonely sentinels with frozen smiles. Snowmen are short-lived beings and many of those I photographed were just completed, only to be destroyed shortly after my pictures were taken. Yet when I returned later, I often found they had been reconstructed, and – as others appeared in the vicinity and the creators sought to be distinctive – a strange kind of evolution was taking place.

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  1. Hélène permalink
    December 11, 2022

    Lovely! Really made me smile ☺

  2. Gilbert O’Brien permalink
    December 11, 2022

    Fabulous. Who would have thought there was such infinite variety in the forms of the humble snowman. My absolute favourite was the dog, although there were several other contenders. Would be interesting to know what period of years the pictures covered as we don’t actually get a lot of snow in London, and what we do get is less and less all the time.

  3. December 11, 2022

    Wonderful snow guys. We also had them again on the big meadow in front of the house when there was a lot of snow last time. It’s always sad when they melt away again afterwards…

    Love & Peace

  4. December 11, 2022

    They’re wonderful, especially the cat in a hat.

  5. Andy permalink
    December 11, 2022

    This is sweet. I really love this.

  6. December 11, 2022

    “Outsider art” at its best!? (sorry for the pun)
    GA, this is undoubtedly one of my favorite SL posts about “makers”. (and public art, come to think)
    So glad that you were on the scene, capturing this amazing array of vivid creatures.
    Keep warm, everyone.

  7. December 12, 2022

    Being far away from London it warms my heart to see these snowmen in my old haunting grounds of London Fields. I always think of it as a magical part of London.

    The snowmen make me smile and hanker after there….

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