Surely you’ve come across something and wondered: “How long has that been there?” That is the question I asked on Oct. 6, 2020, while walking down the alley behind Kairoa Brewing Co., which is located along the main commercial area of San Diego’s University Heights neighborhood. The Featured Image is what I saw on the establishment’s rear door, where I presume supplies are unloaded. What does that image bring to your mind?
For me, the goats (or are they rams) immediately flash subliminal recollection, but not something precisely recalled. Looking at the beasts—bathed in blood red, so to speak, with their pointy horns—elicits creepy feeling that I have seen them before. In a horror movie perhaps—something like a “Constantine” or one of the three original “The Omen” films (1976, 1978, 1981). But somewhere. You do know that, biblically and mythologically, goats are associated with symbols of the devil?
So forgive me for looking askance at what (presumably) innocently is meant to portray something about the brewery’s rustic, range-life, New Zealand origins. That said, if you find a pentagram hidden somewhere in the scene, do let me know.
I used Leica Q2 to capture both photos—the second to provide some location context. Vitals, for the first: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/200 sec, 28mm; 10:21 a.m. PDT. The other: f/6.3, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, 28mm; 11:31.