When you’re walking around on the sidewalk, you always see messages people write in the cement before it dries. When I was walking back home from school one day, I noticed that there were these messages engraved into the cement sidewalks. I knew they there, I just never really looked at them. Luckily I had my Lumix GH1 with me so I decided to record these messages on video. It was evening, so it was a little dark, but the computar lens is so great that I can take images in the dark at a faster shutter speed. But as I stated before, it was still early evening. Unfortunately I did not have a tripod with me, so the video turns out to be a little shaky.
It’s a short video, but all the messages recorded were found within a 30 yard range. What’s so important that the person just had to make their mark onto the cement and show it to the whole word? Spontaneous impulse? Pride? Love. Some were easier to decipher than others such as the greek letters, who I can only assume it was a student who expressing their pride as a member of a specific fraternity. The one at the end looks to be a heart with possibly initials on it in a similar fashion to the heart border and initials carved in the tree that we see in movies and books.
I’m thinking of going out into the city (Washington, DC) when I have time and try to record as many messages I can engraved into the sidewalk. If anyone is up to it, please try to do it within your city/town/neighborhood. See what you find. You might find something interesting.