Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Ben Huberman asks us to ‘turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious’. That could mean to capture an image from an unusual perspective, looking for strange shapes or textures or maybe an edit that changes an image completely.

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Is it obvious what this is a photo of, I don’t think so.

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But perhaps this is clearer?

Okay, just in case you can’t tell what it is yet!

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Do you have any abstract images to share? Join in with Ben’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Half Light

Through a glass darkly.

This photo was taken on a sunny day, in a woodland glade, in a sculpture garden. It was actually a large frame with dark and distorting reflective glass, in blue shades.

Jabberwocky landSo, can you conjure up the Jabberwocky? I can, cackle, cackle, but just in case, here’s the poem, perhaps it will help.

Jabberwocky

By Lewis Carroll 1832–1898 Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
Why does the text resonate with me, Krista wants to know? Well obviously that’s because I’m crazy.

 

I Want to Dance

If I danced whenever I want to, many more people would know I’m even crazier than they thought. Just a few days ago I was lamenting my inability to sing or play a musical instrument, she said ‘I bet you can dance Gilly’. She was right, I love dance in all it’s forms, but the very best kind is spontaneous.

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when you’re moved by the beat

right there on the street

come on feel the heat

now get up on your feet

and dance with a perfect stranger

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

The word “seasons” can also describe a period or phase of your life. If this context resonates with you, share an image that expresses the seasonality of life itself or the present season of your life.

This is Jen’s prompt for the weekly photo challenge over at the Daily Post. Everything I see outside my window is grey, and dank. Maybe this weekend there’ll be some sunshine. Meanwhile on Tuesday I went out for supper straight from work. Lots of you know that in summer, I often head to the coast after work for fish and chops and Pimms, I’m really looking forward for that season to begin.
This week was supper in town, in a lovely restaurant,
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What can we see through the window, maybe a closer look.
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The Cathedral looking beautiful at dusk.
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The restaurant was nice, I wondered what it was like in the Christmas season.
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After delicious food, we wandered up through Catherine Street, where the ruined chapel is lit up in the gloom.

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We walked along Egypt Lane, past this colour changing window gap.
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and a whole row of restaurants, with lots of outside seating, but it’s not the season for al fresco dining is it now?

It’s Daily Post Time

This week, think about time and portray it photographically.
Perhaps you have a fascination with clocks. Or maybe contemplating time takes you somewhere else completely. I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge.

Time is Lignum Draco’s photo challenge this week.
I’ve always been fascinated by time zones, daylight hours and changing our clocks forwards and backwards in spring and autumn. I can’t wait for clocks to spring forward on March 27th so that evenings are longer.
Last September I took a ferry trip, I got on this one, at 11.32

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here,
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enjoyed the river for ten minutes and then got off

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here! But it wasn’t 11.42, instead it was 12.42 because Spain is an hour ahead of Portugal.

Did I lose an hour? If so I found it again later in the afternoon,

somewhere on the return ferry.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

There are very few opportunities for capturing anything vibrant in a Devon January, but I did have a day off today and a trip to Sidmouth. This pretty window attracted my attention, perhaps a dainty kind of vibrant.

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On an autumn day out I spotted this on a building in Torbay.

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These colourful windows were inside Castle Drogo, a National Trust property in Drewsteignton on the edge of Dartmoor.

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I can’t miss flowers out when vibrant is the challenge can I? So here are two photos from Tavira, Portugal in September.

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Bougainvillea,

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and Lantana!

Are you joining the challenge this week? If you’re in the tropics or Australia, it should be easier to go and find something vibrant this weekend, have fun what ever you do!

 

Letters of Ali

I spotted these words on a wall on the east of the river Gilao, in Tavira, Portugal, and knew exactly where this particular arrangement of some of the alphabet came from. It’s a famous quote from Muhammad Ali, the former World Heavyweight boxing champion, who taunted his opponent Sonny Liston, in the lead up to their fight in 1964. These words look like they may have been on the wall since then.

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Float like a butterfly

Sting like a bee

Ahhhh rumble young man, rumble

This is my second post for the Weekly Photo Challenge of Alphabet.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

Michelle created the weekly photo challenge this week, and I love it! This is what she says.

This week, let the alphabet be your inspiration: find a string of letters. Try a multi-photo gallery to collect images of single characters. Find some beautiful typography, or look for letters hidden in natural forms. I’m excited to see your ABCs!

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I found these letters in Portugal, I can’t say I found the bar very tempting but it did make me smile. You can join the challenge here.

Another Circle

The Devonshire Regiment was formed in the late 17th century as an infantry regiment,  and was engaged in many conflicts until 1958, when it amalgamated with the Dorset regiment to become the Devonshire and Dorset. They had a base at Topsham barracks in Exeter, a once grand building that I suspect is rather faded now.

The regiment’s badge was an eight pointed star surrounding a circular scroll with Rougemont (Exeter) Castle in it’s centre.

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I found this badge on a wall at Coldharbour Mill on Saturday and thought it was a good circle for Cheri’s photo challenge.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

Cheri at the Daily Post says.

With 2016 officially here, we face forward to take on what’s next. It’s a time of endings and beginnings, so I wanted a broad theme that could be simple, fun, and festive, but also complex and introspective. And so, circle it is.

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I found this circle? a few days ago at Escot, in east Devon. It’s part of a sculpture that as a whole, I didn’t find very exciting, but cropping the photo turned out a bit better I think.