27 May 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began this iPhoneography Monday Challenge in February. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details.
architecture and Architecture significantly influence my interpretation of my visual world. In two of my posts (click here and here), I discussed this concept of the small “a” and capital “A” architecture. Regardless, I seem to redefine much of my “seeing” universe as architectural in nature.
More words than we realize become relegated to the archives. Or they are made to fit into the ever-changing culture. Or they are captured by a trend or new theory. Some return in new garb.
Architecture is part of this linguistic re-use. Think: “the overall design or structure of a computer system” (from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).
I am drawn to another and lesser meaning of architecture. It explains my view on the word’s depth and richness: an “orderly arrangement of parts; structure.” (from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).
So I was not surprised to find myself setting up a photo shoot to capture a new purchase: the original slinky. I’ve photographed the newer models, which are made of colored plastic. But I was yearning for the slinky of my childhood, which was lightly-polished grey metal with architectural flare that is determined by its user.
Each time the slinky is set in motion, it mimics various angles, curves, lines and shapes. The light diffuses in ways that are new each release of this innovative toy. Every toss gives birth to a new “arrangement and structure.”
Since 1945 children, teenagers and adults have been staring at the wondrous permutations of this “walking spring.” So I was delighted to find the local five and dime store (Yes, we still have one.) display this gem among the sundry of current crazes.
In the Lens section are three images of the metal slinky, which is bursting with architectural features. Each image shows the interplay between two of these artifacts of my youth. Each one reminds me that architecture and Architecture effect the aesthetics, comforts, conveniences, designs, and qualities that are found in everyday living. Each also stirs my appreciation for those who bring the small “a” and capital “A” into my visual field.
Here are other entries:
Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. The following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges.
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
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Oh Slinky! I loved (all my) Slinky(s) … of the pictures I love the first one as when I first saw it I had no idea what it was … and the smooth white reminded me of milk somehow 🙂
Geoff, yes, memories of a slinky’s tricks are always filled with smiles and wonder. Thanks.
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Oh, wow. These are slinks? They look like a very artistic , futuristic giant building. So cool!
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Wonderful Slinky. I cannot seem to receive your challenges…..
I wonder why you have not received them. Thanks for the comment and visit.
Love the mysterious feel of the first, perhaps because I never played with one. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and leading me here Sally 🙂
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The slinky ! This takes me right back 🙂
I hope fond memories. Thanks.
OMG my brothers and I loved the slinky and played with it endlessly. Now my granddaughter loves hers. Talk about persistence!
Yes, those joyous toys from our youth do continue to inspire and keep on moving. Thanks.
A real slinky! I am delighted they are still available. I like the final photo best only because it reminds me of the slinky feel of the slinky.
They really are triggers for childhood. Thanks.
Very nice shots, Sally! Happy Monday!
Thanks, and same to you.
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The third one is iconic slinky! Please have a look at
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Thanks – Always thought provoking!
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Woooo, how very interesting perspective. I will never look at a slinky quite the same way. Thank you for the view!!
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I love your slinky photos!!! Oh, how I do love slinkies. I need to buy a new one for my kids because they have pulled our old one so it no longer works the same lol. They received a plastic one as a gift but it doesn’t work the same. Anyways, really cool abstract like photos of “architecture”. I love how you’ve utilized the concept of architecture in terms of a slinky. Great post!
Polly, happy iPhoneography Monday. Thanks so much.
Sally, I really enjoyed reading your posts about architecture and the differences between small “a” and capital “A” today. For your images today, I like them all but the third one is my favorite.
I tried to learn something new for my entry today. http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/05/27/iphoneography-monday-architecture/
Lisa, thank you, architecture pulls me into its possibilities and human innovation.
Lovely as always Sally. Here’s mine. http://ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/iphoneography-challenge-architecture/
Happy iPhoneography Monday, and many thanks.
NO 3 – Non-threatening. Recognizable, and inviting. That’s my feel for this today. I need security today. It may be different tomorrow.
Lovely, enjoy the day for whatever it brings.
I like your photos… But to join this challenge do I need a iPhone or just a smartphone? I have a Samsung Galaxy now, my iPhone had too much problems with the battery, someone bought it…
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I like your second photo – the upclose nature of it lends itself to the shadows and textures.
Here is my entry for this week’s challenge: http://wp.me/p24idL-1uO
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Happy Memorial Day to YOU! I love the third one…it captures more of the detail. I loved my slinky when I was a kid.
They are great toys and conjure such memories. Thanks.
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this is cool, totally couldn’t tell it was a slinky at first!
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