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“I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves and new shapes made possible by the introduction of concrete into the building process.” Oscar Niemeyer
The word angular describes objects that have sharp angles, such as something with many corners and few soft curves. Vocabulary.com
This week’s photo challenge was an interesting one. We had to move from familiar objects and nature to abstract objects, angles and shapes. I have to say that even though I understand the concept of angular, I had to look it up in the dictionary to grasp the term in order to visualize what our artist in residence for this week wanted. I found two definitions I liked. One was: “an object, outline, or shape having angles or sharp corners,” and the other is above. Fortunately, I was able to revert back to my shots of outdoor installations at Storm King Art Center and elsewhere. Above are two Alexander Calder installations and Wishbone by Mark Handforth. I don’t think I did the Handforth piece justice as I was a bit far back. Ditto The Calder Arch. Next time I’m in the areas where they are displayed, I will try better angles. Both The Arch and Wishbone are quite huge. Plus, I love the idea of a steel wishbone for lasting luck.
“Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.” Mary Schmich
Above, I have another Calder taken in Chicago near the Federal Reserve Building. It is aptly named Flamingo because it’s neck curves down like one. The Frank Gehry designed Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts has an unusual roof with many angular shapes. I love that dramatic building especially when it is lit up at night. It is efficiently designed and quite spacious and welcoming inside. Frank Gehry is a highly regarded architect known for these type of gravity defiant roof designs and he has done many others including EMP Museum in Seattle and, of course, the famous one: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Have you seen any Frank Gehry designed buildings? What was your first reaction?
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“I’m in love with red. I think it’s such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red in it. It’s power, there’s no fence-sitting with red. Either you love it or you don’t. I think its blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They’re all magic.” Bryan Batt
Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.
Day 1 -A Pop of Color: Originally, the red cardinal in the snow was going to be the lead photo, but I couldn’t resist that precious moment when those two baby giraffes turned to stare down a deep blue peacock who proudly strutted in front of them. He moved as if he owned the world. Their mom was looking in the opposite direction; it’s a protective stance to avoid surprise attacks from behind.
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank Gehry
Study architectural forms, and also train your eye to look for shots that will translate well in black and white.
Day 2 -Architecture: I love architecture and take shots of architectural structures all the time. These two buildings are in Manhattan and I felt they spoke to me and the assignment. The black and white versions are in daguerreotype which sharpens all the black edges to show definition in the buildings.
“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.
Day 3 – Moment: Moments are so precious and, in the bat of an eyelid, we can miss an opportunity. The seagulls were fighting for food at my local Sam’s Club and so I stopped to photograph them. This was one of those moments, hence, the shopping cart. The Giraffes are my favorite. That moment was magic. We stood at the Bronx Zoo watching them and wondering if, at any moment, they were going to kick that proud Peacock’s behind. They didn’t. Haha!
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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” T. S. Eliot
SCENE IV - About Cousin “T” It (Eavesdropping)
I know he’s cra-cra
Who wears meatballs for jewels?
I know … Bea loves him!
Oh dear … Cousin T!
What a surprise. Do join us.
Sit on the floor? NO!
Why are you staring?
Drink your damn coffee, will you…
But … Me loves you girls
Helloooo? T speaking
I’m here with my girls, Beatrice!
We. Are. Not. MARRIED
Oh darling Cous’ T
We mustn’t do this daily…
Drinking coffee sucks!
Have you ever eavesdropped in a cafe before? Have you ever eavesdropped with your crazy cousin in a cafe before? Enjoy the drama. Have a good laugh on me. Add a few lines to the many conversations that take place in a crowded cafe. Come back later for even more hilarious conversations. TY Robyn!
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