When art dresses itself in the most worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.
Tina has chosen a wonderful theme for all of us this week: Seen Better Days.
Like many photographers, I’m drawn to places and objects that show signs of wear and the passage of time. I love the stories they tell. In my first image, this statue of a woman has seen better days. (On some mornings when I look in the mirror, I feel the same way. 😀 ) But if you take a closer look, you’ll see the beautiful fading colors of her blue eyes, red lips and red dress. The patina of age also makes her more interesting and hints at her past. (Hopefully, people will say the same thing about me someday. 😀)
This vintage coca cola sign caught my eye in Savannah, Georgia. The mural is worn and faded, but I love the glimpse into the past and the claim that coke “relieves fatigue.”
I had to repost this lovely door that I discovered on a walk one afternoon in Florence, Italy. The peeling paint and old metal tell a wonderful story of a different era.
At first glance, these broken dolls in a store window in Rome seem a bit strange and maybe even terrifying–like something from a Stephen King novel. But don’t worry. The toys are being repaired by a local craftsman. I like to imagine they were lovingly cared for by many children before ending up here.
This peeling paint tells a sad story on Cockatoo Island, a former penal colony off the coast of Sydney, Australia. Even though the colony was abandoned long ago, its walls can still “talk.”
A special thanks to Tina for inspiring us this week. Her challenge has reminded me of the treasures found in places and things that have seen better days. Hopefully, as we grow older, we find treasures too, growing wiser and more giving over time. My aim is to do the same.
A special thanks to Amy, whose challenge last week inspired many of you to share photos of gorgeous autumn colors.
Next week, we’re delighted to announce that I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath will be our guest host. Until then, have a joyful and inspiring week, and please stay safe.