Saturday, February 21, 2009

Last Night Came The Black Morte

.Just a little scary. This is painted onto the back steps of an empty commercial building in the dead zone (sorry, couldn't help myself) north of the Arch. But there's some linguistic analysis to be done. Why a (probably) French (and, if so, misspelled) word in an otherwise English sentence? It doesn't say la morte noire. Well, what the hell. Just be glad you weren't here the night before this was painted. There's more than one place in St. Louis where angels fear to tread.

it's St. Louis' Mardi Gras parade! This ain't New Orleans but we got a lot of crazy people out to have fun, showing off as much skin as a cold winter city can tolerate. You can bet I'll be out shooting it.

Who is art for? A deep question. After that, Mardi Gras parade pix once they're edited.


cieldequimper said...

A bit of Italian maybe?

Virginia said...

It's just plain creepy Bob. Take a bodyguard the next time you go poking around that area.

Jane Hards Photography said...

That really is one of the most disturbing images I have seen on the daily portal.

Jilly said...

My goodness, Bob. I'm glad I don't live here. Nice shot tho.

Ming the Merciless said...

Your photography trek has taken you to some interesting places. :-)

Victor said...

Bob, my guess is that the last letter of the last word (obscured by grass)is an "a" making it "moria" which is a Tolkein reference. There is a heavy metal band called Black Moria who took their name from JRRT's trilogy. Or, it could be a misspelling of Black Mariah as in the Tom Waits song from his Rain Dogs album. In that context, a black mariah is a paddy wagon. Either one of those would make sense (more or less) in this context. Nice photo by the way!