Lens-Artists Challenge #111 – Everyday Objects
“Open your umbrella of creativity when the glaring heat of adversity hits you unaware.”
Let me open this week’s post with a sincere thank you to all who responded to last week’s creativity challenge. I was surprised and amazed at the amount of creativity shown and shared, and humbled by your wonderful responses. Perhaps the most important lesson learned from your posts is that we are all struggling with the frustrations of COVID and our ability to work through them by sharing within our creative community is a great help.
Now, it’s on to this week’s “everyday objects”. I am not one for still life photography and while greatly impressed with Patti’s images, I know it is a direction I dare not go. Instead, I offer a selection of an often overlooked everyday object, the humble umbrella. I’ve opened with beach umbrellas at the Delaware shore (above) and at a local beach-front pool on Kiawah (below).
“The mind is like an umbrella, it is most useful when open.”
Originally invented over 4,000 years ago to provide shade from the sun (and obviously still used that way on our beaches), the first waterproof umbrellas were made of silk by the Chinese in the 11th century B.C. Since then their utilitarian rather than decorative use has resulted in many different forms, including small pocket umbrellas, umbrellas that open automatically, clear plastic bubble umbrellas and umbrellas designed to work in high winds (often appreciated by die-hard golfers!)
“Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.”
In my travels I’ve enjoyed some marvelous art developed around umbrellas. The image above was an art installation we came across in Tel Aviv at one of their academies of dance. Many of my followers will have seen it before, as well as the image below, which was a colorful display of umbrellas for sale in Laos.
“Borrowed books and umbrellas are seldom returned.”
The image that follows is a very old one from a James Taylor concert several years ago. We’d elected to go for lawn tickets outside of the covered shed area. Typically it’s more easygoing and fun and the music can still be heard perfectly. Participants bring their own seats as well as picnic dinners – often elaborate affairs complete with wine and candlelight. On this particular night however, the lawn seats may have been a bad choice 😊. For today’s purposes I thought the sea of colorful umbrellas was worthy of inclusion despite the poor quality. It’s a fond and funny memory of a wonderfully entertaining event we attended with family.
“No umbrella’s colour matters under torrential rain.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Finally, another piece of umbrella-based art – this one a wall hanging made of iron that honors today’s everyday object, the umbrella. Perhaps not so “everyday” after all!
“If you were to put me under one umbrella, call me a storyteller.”
Thank you as always for your continued encouragement and much-appreciated support of our challenge. Special thanks to those who took the time to visit and comment on Marsha Ingrao’s interview of the Lens-Artists team. This week we look forward to seeing your interpretations of Patti’s Everyday Objects. Please be sure to link to her original post here, and to TAG your post with the Lens-Artists TAG to help us all find you. We hope you’ll join us again next week when Ann-Christine leads challenge #112. Until then, take care and be safe.