“Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.” Joseph Addison
Kirsch-Hamilton Aurora Clock
Definitely Unusual and Not so Common – For this week’s challenge on – Unusual – I dug back to some old treasures and this popped up at me. It’s a novelty Kirsch Hamilton Aurora clock that I bought on sale a few years ago. It is quite old and not the remakes that showed up in the 1990s. Because it offers a unique approach to reading the time, I added the YouTube video to help you understand the beauty and magical quality of the clock. It does remind one of the psychedelic lava lamps of the 1960s; remember what they looked like? They had swirling colors and a kaleidoscopic effect that was meant to draw attention; the changing colors of this time piece is in the same vein.
If you look closely, at the face of the Aurora clock, there is a moon shape within the clock and it moves around to the minute, as the glowing hands identify what hour of the day the clock is going to show next. The colors change throughout the day and it has one of those Jetsons in outer-space with a new-fangled toy feel. It’s old, it works and I like it. In case you are wondering about all the color effects, I used a photo-editing feature to create more colors for my collage. I figured the effect will somehow mirror what one might see if they stood by the clock every hour of the day as it seamlessly changed into beautiful colors. PS. The original photo of my clock is in the middle.
“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.” William Arthur Ward
The home, the Octagon House (Armour-Stiner House), is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a popular 8 sided, pink colored historic home in Irvington, NY. Known locally as the Octagon House, it sits on lovely landscaped grounds that border the walking path/Aqueduct. I walk by it on my Aqueduct jaunts and, one fall day, I took the photo you see above. Because it is a historic landmark, the owner allows occasional tours of the property. Some years ago, I took a tour with the local Historical Society and was surprised to find the rooms were unusual in size and the ceilings somewhat low. What struck me most was that once I stepped inside, the sense of it being 8 sided disappeared.
Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” Edward Weston
The colorful set of lights glowing in the dark, are part of an art installation that appeared out of nowhere as I was driving home from a rural part of upstate NY. As I turned a corner, they were sitting there glowing in the woods in the dark night. I pulled over and took these shots; unusual for the area. A few weeks later, I drove by the property and decided to do a bit of investigative work and drove up the country road to a gorgeous grounds filled with art installations. I am still searching for the place so I can properly honor the location.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: UNUSUAL For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.
Positive Motivation Tip: There are unusual things everywhere. Open your eyes!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.