Patti, author of Pilot Fish Blog, offers this week’s topic for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #111:“Everyday Objects.” In her post, she throws out this challenge: “take another look at everyday objects and see them from a different perspective.” Even though we’ve been home, inside and isolated, pretty much the whole time of the COVID quarantine since March, it was fun looking around with a different perspective at what we collect and use in our home.
In the photo above, you see five little sock monkeys that have definitely been around. Some were stitched and clothed by my mother; others were picked up at antique shops. But through it all, they’ve remained friends, comforting each other in this old barrister’s bookcase. Just hangin’ out as pals do, of course.
As long-time collectors of antiques, we’ve used our collectibles, especially antique quilts, in decorating our condo. One old quilt hangs over a banister, another highlights a wall, and yet another drapes gently over an old apple-picking ladder. The quilt in this picture, purchased from an antique shop in Texas Hill Country, graces a double bed, one of the first antiques we ever bought.
Sometimes, everyday objects look different depending on how you view them. Close-up photography can produce a graphic image or highlight textures and lines you might not have seen until you study a piece more closely — like this rush seat in an antique ladder-back chair.
Moving a familiar object into a different light can also make you see something you hadn’t noticed before. This buoy purchased in Maine has withstood much in its time — or so it seems when you look closely at the weathering, cracking, and crazing going on with the painted surface.
Even a stack of vintage leather and canvas suitcases have an artful look about them when they top a painted steamer trunk found in the back of a “piled high” antique store.
Finally, a change in lighting can enable us to see an everyday object differently. A pop-up rain shower diminished the light streaming into our guest bathroom, forming a bit of an artsy photo with just an ordinary towel hanging on a hook on the wall.
Thanks, Patti, for this “everyday objects” challenge. If other bloggers would like to participate, just post your photos, then link to her blog. Be sure to include the Lens-Artists tag.
Still looking for different perspectives right under our noses,
Rusha & Bert