WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

16 May 2012


1. Blue # One, May 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

2. Blue #2, May 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Let me know which is your favorite.


WordPress’ Weekly Challenge: Blue had me thinking about my recent focus on architectural composition. Some results from last weekend’s photo shoot slip easily into this week’s theme.

Architectural blue summons the way in which structures can be embraced. In the Lens section the first photograph renders a blue palette through reflection–the building’s use of multiple panels of glass acts as tiny chameleons within time and space. They respond to changes in light, and color transformations are dependent on the sky’s folly and the weather’s personality. I shot this image during early afternoon on a crystal clear and cloudless day. The blues were bouncing off everything that they encountered.

The second photograph is more of what I was aiming to achieve: an abstract that mixes nature outside and within human nature. The blue sky was so pronounced that it lent itself as a partner to the roof’s dimensionality and lines. It gave me the opportunity to experiment with my mind’s notion of non-objectivity within the subjectivity of architecture.

Of course, blue has been the frontispiece for word interpretation, metamorphosis and sayings. Think: blue Monday, sky blue, baby blue, blue streak, sing the blues, blue moon…The iterations continue. Blue can be a: color, feeling, shape, destination, description, negative, positive, metaphor, and so much more. Whatever one’s understanding, this color has guts and tenacity to stick out the abuse, skepticism and love.

The worldwide standard for color usage is Pantone Matching Color System. It finds Reflex blue as the most commonly used blue. Check out more on its site (http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/colorfinder.aspx).

For me architectural blue summarizes my photo shoot, giving it a context when it really did not need one. But once again WordPress’ challenges give me a chance to re-imagine my own focus, to re-adjust my thoughts, to force ideas to clarify themselves, and to re-enforce those that have been percolating. Mostly, these weekly personal contests push limits and act, well, as bluebirds of happiness.

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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14 Responses to WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

  1. That is EYE-POPPING blue! Wowza!

  2. Stunning photos! They have real impact!

  3. Gracie says:

    Lovely blues, Sally! I also like the first one. Although the composition of the second photo is very interesting.

  4. Geoff says:

    The first one’s OK … great blue, nice repeating shapes and patterns etc but it’s something that anyone can see if they look at the building.

    It’s the second one that speaks to me … tells me that you’ve reached for something more than ordinary, that you’ve delved into an essence of the building and its relationship to the sky. Essentially that you’ve taken something everyday and challenged people to look at it in a completely different way … your way. Nice one.


    • Thanks Geoff, I’m working on it, trying to expand how I see what is right in front of me. I truly appreciate your comment. Never got to sign up for Google Reader today, but will tomorrow. Again thanks, Sally

  5. Amy says:

    The first one is cool!

  6. Northern Narratives says:

    I also like the first one.

  7. rtd14 says:

    I really like the first one.

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