Weekly Photography Challenge: Peek

The main subject of a photo is generally front and centre, but for this challenge, we just offer a peek at it.

I’ve gone back to Seattle and 2011 for my images – I saw a flyer while we were there from a photographer offering to take visitors to the perfect spot to take their perfect pic of the Space Needle. I wasn’t remotely interested in doing that – may as well buy the postcard if you’re getting the same shot as everyone else!

Instead, I enjoyed taking photos of enticing glimpses of the icon.

I took more than these three…I didn’t go inside it, but I loved seeing it. The first pic is from our hotel window, the last is its reflection on a wall of the Experience Music Project.

We spent a lot of our time at the Seattle Center – we could walk there as it was close to our hotel, and there was plenty to do and see, even apart from the Taking Punk To The Masses Nirvana exhibition that was on at the time. We went to a kids Bandcamp concert, and a free show outdoors one afternoon. I had a peek at legendary Seattle photographer Charles Peterson who was there with family, and photographing the bands – a major highlight for me! july-aug 2011 271s

Weekly Photography Challenge: Look Up

 

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The Photography Challenge this week is to Look Up – something we don’t always do, focused as we often are on what is straight ahead. It’s cold and wet and windy here at the moment, so I did my looking up inside my house…This flying pig was a gift from one of my Day Care Kids about 15 years ago. The Flying Pig, as a symbol of infinite possibilities, is my Spirit Animal, but I almost forget he’s there much of the time. Evidently I need to look up more often!

As well as the Pig of Infinite Possibility, I have a lovely Moroccan lamp, made of pierced metal. It has little pieces of red glass inside, which glow when the lamp is lit. Another hanging ‘lamp’ is meant to hold a very small pot plant, I think. But I hung the red glass things (from Ikea years ago) around it and put in a tealight candle. It catches the sunbeams of a morning (clouds permitting). The other thing is a mobile I made using odd earrings and other stray bits and pieces hung on an armature of florist’s wire. I have made several of these, using things that are too big for personal jewellery.july-aug 2011 266 (Large)

Finally – and no where near my house, unfortunately, the iconic Space needle in Seattle – visible on “looking up” from all over that fair city. We visited in 2011, and ,like the Terminator, “we’ll be baaack”…one day.

Weekly Photography Challenge: State of Mind

This week, an invitation to be moody, or rather, to show a state of mind via photographs. It’s odd that when we say “moody” or ” in a mood”, it always has a negative and gloomy/grumpy connotation, whereas the word “mood” simply refers to a state of mind, which could be excitement, bliss, apprehension, boredom etc etc.

I’ve gone back to August 2011 – our Trip of a Lifetime – and chosen some different states of mind in Washington State…There’s elation in the pink’n’orange cladding of the Experience Music Project, wonder in the amazing architecture of that building, mixed feelings with the Here Forever sculpture -I love it, but it’s not quite true – pleasure and contentment sitting on the grass at an outdoor concert (where I saw Sub Pop photographer Charles Peterson at work! Exciting!), and awe with every sighting of the Space Needle. I picked up a flyer somewhere in Seattle for a photography tour that promised the “right” view point for the “perfect” shot of the Space Needle. I was disgusted with this idea, and made sure and take pictures that were not “perfect”, but interesting instead. I just don’t see the point of reproducing a postcard…

Creativity: Stamping Around the PNW I

Four years ago on this date, we were in Portland, Oregon, on The Trip of a Lifetime. We spent a whole month in the Pacific North West, which is nowhere long enough…

Of course, I took along some art supplies – not too much, because you can only have so much luggage. And because I would be lugging it myself between cities. I prepared a little cloth wallet with some basic jewelry making pieces, plus some cheap erasers and a set of Japanese wood carving tools to make stamps. I also took some blank calling cards – nice white card, quite small sheets. Very light! I also had some double sided tape, tiny scissors and a pencil or two. I forgot to pack any stamp ink, however! IMG_5571 (Large)

My aim was to do (at least) two stamps for each place we stayed, looking for memorable but simple images to carve on my erasers. First stop was Seattle (not counting a few hours at LAX). On our first full day we took a ferry ride to Bainbridge island. I didn’t do any stamps, but I used the business card of the lovely bead shop as the front cover of the book. It has a simple accordion-fold spine, to which the cards are attached with double-sided tape.

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Inside, the first page shows the famous Space Needle (of course). On the back of each card, I wrote an extract from my travel diary – a sentence or two relating to the image.

We did a lot of other things in Seattle, of course (Sculpture Park, Pike Place, the Aquarium…) but the highlight for me was the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibition at EMP. The image I chose was of a broken guitar, not only played (and smashed) by Kurt Cobain, but repainted several times, in keeping with the punk DIY ideal.

 

Next week – Portland Oregon. I hope I’ve found the missing stamps by then…In the process of looking for them, I found the wrapper of the delicious Theo dark chocolate bar I bought at EMP. I made it last so well that there is still – shhh_ one square left…and only 3 years out of date!IMG_5572 (Large)