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18
Mar

weekly photo challenge: Unusual

This week, the WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to post something that says “unusual.”

I immediately thought, ‘Holy cow, this will be an easy one, I have gobs of unusual photos!’  But there’s the rub – what says unusual best when nearly everything is unusual?!

Then I thought about the beautiful and unusual chandelier I’d seen weekend in the lobby of the Adventura Arts & Cultural Center. in Miami Beach.   I was standing in the lobby of the theatre, and after the show looked up to see this unusual and fabulous lighting design, in the picture.  (I wish I could give credit to the person who designed these unique chandeliers.  If anyone knows whose work this is, please advise – I’d like to credit the artist.)

Anyway, below is what the grouping of one set of lights.  Below this top photo, the result of manipulating the image…

Photo by Andrea O'Connell, 2012

I’ve manipulated the photo to appear like the glass bubbles are shooting up instead of hanging down from the ceiling.

Photo by Andrea O'Connell, 2012

26
Feb

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulgence (3 flamingos, art and evolution)

This weeks’ photo challenge word is “indulgence.”

How in the heck can I find a photo that epitomizes the word ‘indulge’ in my world?   Hah!  I constantly indulge in something, it seems.

Well, you might say that I indulge in most everything I do.  In phases.  There have to be phases because if one spent their days indulging in everything, it would be a bit much!

So, like the moon has its phases, so do my indulgences have phases.

I imagine we indulge in something because it gives us pleasure. (Chocolate, shopping, eating, desserts, hobbies and grandchildren are a few indulgences that spring to mind.)

Blogging is one indulgence that gives me pleasure.  Although I spent last week away from my blog – which is very unusual for me – it was due to indulging in the pleasure of my new job!

Tomorrow will be the start of my second week at my new job. . I’m indulging in the pleasurable sense of security and freedom from stress that this new job has brought into my life…..

However, as for capturing an image of indulgence…. Well, I had to think about this one!

Friday I indulged myself and purchased a new bike.  That indulgence is to cure, with exercise, another indulgence: Food!

I bought a pretty Schwinn 26″ bike that has 21 speeds…. Why do bikes have 21 speeds now?  I don’t need to indulge in all those speeds  But, all the bikes I looked at had 21 speeds!

On my first bike-ride I tried changing a speed and ended up locking the pedals for a few minutes…. I eventually figured out how to unlock them.  Thankfully.  I was a few blocks away from home and it looked like rain and I didn’t want to walk the bike all the way home.

Then, when I finally pedaled home and attempted to stop the bike – I fell off!

Yup!  I fell off of my new bike – skinned and bruised my knee, and bruised my arm above the elbow because I fell partly on the pavement and partly on a parked car.  (The bike is okay. The car is okay. I’m okay too.)

The reason I fell?  After I’d fixed the gear issue, I decided to adjust the saddle, but I moved it too high for my height.  It caused my feet to be nearly six inches above the ground.  Then, when I got home and tried to get off the bike, I tried to leaned to the left and land on my left foot, but the saddle was too high to allow that, so BAM!  Down I went with the bike on top of me!  (My first thought was the hope that no one saw me…. no one did!)

So, as far as a photographic representation of indulgence….  I’ve decided to illustrate it using these 3 Flamingos.  For hours I indulge my passion for making photography look like art…   I do love to sit at the computer and play with the images I photograph.

Here are yesterday’s indulgences – I was working on flamingos.

Here’s my Flamingo On End:

And here’s my Flamingo Shine:

This is my Soft Flamingo:

I’m a novice at it still.  However, I can tell I’m getting better the more I work at it.

And, one reason photography is an indulgence for me is because the work (on the photos) constantly evolves… at least for me.

Next week, or next month, when I look at these 3 Flamingos again, chances are they will change.  It’s all part of my indulgence in the learning process, and realizing there is evolution in it.  And that’s a good thing!

21
Jan

magic, passion, madness

The writer, Henry James wrote:

We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have.  Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task.  The rest is the madness of art.

Although spoken by one of Henry James’s characters, these words were also his personal credo.  James truly feared his work would forever stay in the dark, forgotten.

After the release of a few of his novels, namely Portrait of a Lady (1881), he released many more short and full-length novels, but few were popular.  He knew criticism more than he knew acceptance of his writing.   Of course, after his death, in 1916, at age 72, he is now revered as the master he always was.

This Henry James quote reminds me of the theatre – working in the theatre.  It’s all passion and madness and love, it is not always a normal life when one lives it.  But, it is love and passion.  And so is the brilliant musical I saw last night. 

Next to Normal is one of those experiences that, if it grabs you, as it did me, it’s bound to hold you for a lifetime. 

The show was chilling and lovely and scary and electric and I couldn’t speak when it ended.

Tears dripped on my blouse down to my lap, wetting my theatre program.  I wasn’t the only one crying.  Maybe I was the only one with out a tissue, though, but a kind woman gave me one of the cocktail napkins she held on to.

I don’t want to give away any part of the story – if you have a chance to see it, you’ll want to be surprised.  It’s best to see it without any preconceptions.  It will add to the magic for you, like it did for me.

I grew up in the theatre and love the magic and the passion and the madness and the love that is beyond words when a great play hits you in the gut.

There are a few musicals that will never leave me.   I’ve seen many, but cling to a few; Next to Normal is one of those – probably the best among all the greats I’ve seen.

It’s like the musical Rent, edgy, amazing and now.  It’s rock and roll and light opera and psychology and slice of life – all in one incredibly structured and fluid and dynamic powerful package.

Next to Normal, is playing for four weeks at the Miracle Theatre, in Coral Gables, Florida.  (By the way, I was in the inaugural show, A Thousand Clowns, which opened the Miracle Theatre!  picture below!)

Next to Normal is also touring across the Unites States.  Catch it if you can – you’ll be so glad you dd.

There’s a reason why it won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award in 2009.

That's Me in the play "A Thousand Clowns" at the Miracle Theatre!

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