Show us the things you love that make your world spin or things about your world that make you delirious with joy.~Sheetal Bravon
This week, the very talented Sheetal Bravon is our guest host for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135. For her theme, “A Glimpse into Your World,” I’ve created a collection of images which give me a world of pleasure and hopefully, they will put a smile on your face, too.
This image taken at the Ann Arbor Air Show represents my love of travel and flying. I’ll never grow tired of the excitement of sitting inside a plane as it gathers speed and lifts off from the ground. As it soars into the wide, blue sky, I couldn’t be any happier.
It will come as no surprise that I love cameras–both antique and modern. These old Kodak cameras remind me of the Brownie Starmite from my childhood.
This image of Florentine street art represents three of my “loves.” The first one is Italy, the home of my ancestors, my favorite food, and of course the beautiful and mellifluous Italian language. It is also the place which has inspired creative artists for centuries–writers, painters, sculptors, and most recently, street artists. In the blue rectangle, you’ll see the work of the street artist “Blub,” another happy obsession. His works are inspired by classic artistic masterpieces and they also include a quirky twist–snorkeling goggles–his signature trademark. On top of Blub’s image, you’ll also see the work of another graffiti artist inspired (perhaps) by Banksy. The red heart is also a joyful reminder for all of us of Valentine’s Day, which arrives this weekend. The people we love make our lives so much richer and give us immeasurable joy, don’t they?
As many of you know, I love lighthouses–another happy obsession. This image of the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse was captured several years ago using a telephoto lens at the end of the Navy Pier. I processed the image in black and white to highlight the quiet and meditative mood of the city on a foggy day.
This image includes 3 treasured mementos from our travels and from one of our homes. The Vermeer paperweight is from a trip with our son to Amsterdam and the lace tablecloth is from our first visit to Venice when our son was a teenager. The key is from our 100-year-old home in Massachusetts and unlocked a mysterious door that we could never find. These mementos don’t take up a lot of space, but they summon many happy memories.
This last image signifies my love of art and exploring art museums, like the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. That’s where I discovered this antique chair with the most unusual arm rest.
While I was working on this post, I kept glancing at an image by René Magritte on the bulletin board above my desk. It’s a portrait of Magritte’s wife Georgette surrounded by various items which reveal her interests and personality. For fun, I decided to combine all the images in this post into a photo college in an homage to Magritte’s oil painting, as you can see below. I framed my image in the center using a Topaz Filter. Then, I added all the other images in a circle around it. I hope you enjoy my experiment!
We hope you join our special guest host this week, the wonderfully creative Sheetal of Sheetal Thinks Aloud. Be sure to stop by her site, so you can enjoy her fabulous visit to an iconic site in India. Next week, I’ll be hosting Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #136, so please be sure to come back and join the fun! In the meantime, have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.