Sunday, October 7, 2012

Odd Things

At the end of the summer when I was showing my Dad some photos I'd taken in Aldeburgh, he looked at a picture I'd taken of a piece of rusty metal on the shingle beach and said "What on earth did you take a picture of that odd thing for?" I tried to explain that I liked the colours and the texture.

Today, as I was taking more 'bizarre' photos, I was thinking about him and what he'd think this time.
This is the view from my sofa through a lovely little internal window into my dining room.

I took it because I love the lines and the patterns that the light makes on the lines.

And these dahlias are well past their best and really should be confined to the compost bin but I'm fascinated by the shapes they're making as they decay. The way the petals are twisting and how they are changing colour and revealing their yellow centres is so far stopping me from binning them. They look so very different to how they are when fresh.

But I'll leave you with this picture, taken earlier in the year at a local garden centre.  Not of a plant as you might expect, but of the lichen and rotting wood on the fence!

One day I might use one or more of them to inspire some textile work.

I hope I've not left you thinking that I've totally lost the plot - I just like pictures of odd things!  I wonder if any of you do the same too?


Julie said...

I'm in the same club as you Su, I am always taking photos of rusty things and broken down buildings and doors. I have a computer full of photographs of disintegrating surfaces, mould, lichen, pavement surfaces, manhole covers...... the list goes on and on. There's no hope for us ;-)

elaine rickett said...

Since I started my blog I have become more aware of the world around me taking pictures where before I wouldn't have noticed the weird and wonderful. Love the picture of the lichen - I am sure you do something with that.

dottycookie said...

I do that too. The lichen shot particularly appeals to me. I remember starting the 365photography project (I never get beyond a month!) but taking lots of photos of pots and fence posts and they remain some of my favourites.

Maggie said...

Well odd things make brilliant photos. I took some of a house wall which was made of lumps of flint interspersed with all manner of things... a colander, rusty cogs, bits of old smashed up plates and so on. A wall you would never get tired of looking at.
I used to photo the uglier things you find around rather than the aesthetically pleasing and pretty and neat. And so I love the rotting wood and lichen photo, and can see that, though couldn't do it, with threads in that slatey blue, some sparkly in there, knobbly grey tweed, green mohairy type..... I can SEE it in my minds eye but wouldn't have a clue how to execute it.

marigold jam said...

Like you I am often fascinated by the patterns and designs in strange things. I especially like the last photo and had I seen that piece of wood I too would definitely have had a photo of that one!

Gilli said...

I love all your beautiful photos and I agree that non-textile people don't understand what we see in some of the compositions. I love the lichen on the wall and see that as painted bondaweb with a little bit of hand and machine embroidery. Keep up the good work. G x

Toffeeapple said...

I like to photograph things like that too, I even buy Tulips for the express purpose of shooting them in their death throes and I have lost count of rusted and rotten things I have. Much fun to be had I feel.

crafty cat corner said...

You certainly haven't lost the plot, its all the others as we say. lol
The last picture of the lichen would indeed make a really lovely textile picture and as for the dying dahlias I'm with you there as well.
I can never throw flowers away until they are really well and truly dead, especially roses. I have a rose called 'Remember' in memory of my dear old Fred and its smells beautiful even when it is dead, I have a job to bin it. It is probably the type they make pot pouri from.
My Dad loved Dahlias and when we had our allotment we grew lots, they are such stately and magnificent flowers.

Cathy at PotterJotter said...

No, you haven't lost the plot - you've totally found it. Carry on down this path and show us more. xCathy