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Blog Project Week 16: Shine
In past weeks I tried to take words or emotions and look at them from a unique or person point of view. I was almost overwhelmed with shine! So many options! I love things that shine -- chrome, glitter, glass, the sun -- it doesn't matter. If it shines and sparkles, it makes me smile.
I thought of using an old photo that I had already taken long before this project came to be, like a picture of the tail light of a vintage muscle car with its chrome gleaming in the sunlight. Then I thought of taking a photograph of a beautiful spoon my sister gave me that is almost blindingly shiny. I even went outside with pretty fabric to take a picture of the spoon. But I kept going back a another photo I had taken last December that I couldn't shake out of my head -- regardless of how many times I told myself I needed to stop using old photos. I even could have lied and said I just took this picture but I won't!
Now you're probably confused because you see the spoon in the picture above with the card that says "shine". I still had to use a picture of this spoon! Knowing I have a pretty tea set that matches my bedroom/office for mornings when I have time to actually sit and have lovely tea (not on toasty days like this...I just can't bring myself to do it), my sister bought me this beautiful long spoon to use for Christmas. Then she surprised me for my birthday with the matching short spoon, fork and knife. They're all so shiny, but have an antique/vintage design. It's like two of my favorite worlds combined!
So on to the photo I took last December that I'm using for shine. This is a photograph of a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan that I took from the window of a hotel room that I was staying in with my photog partner-in-crime Becky for a girls weekend. The building just captivated me. The lines, the colors, the reflections of the nearby buildings. There was something about it that was so abstract and yet refreshingly beautiful. The ability of this building to be made of uniformly shaped squares but stand out in its own right caught me. For every inch the sun moved, the look of this building changed. If I could have stayed long enough to see what it would have looked like in the setting sun I would have, but an engagement session was beckoning us to hurry up! I still find it an incredible building to look at. I have no idea what it's function is (working, living etc), I don't know what was going on behind those windows that are propped open on the side, or why two rows of windows by the one corner look different. But I still love it. Day in and day out, it shines.
Keywords: 2014, NYC, architecture, blog project, building, color, manhattan, reflection, shine, shines, shiny, squares
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