the king and queen of condiments
in robes plain or fancy
are always within reach
Get your hands on the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man Made Items.
Some of us are curators for OPS – other people’s stuff – whether we choose to or have the mantle bestowed upon us by family and friends. With some of it, we scratch our heads and wonder what the initial attraction was and then gently pass it along; other objects have their own fascinating history – where they came from, whose hands caressed their smooth surfaces in passing, why they were so well-loved in the first place. These things become our legacy, but unless we take the time to tell their stories and get others to look at them in a new way, it is just OPS…
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Photograph Something New asks us to cast an eye on our immediate surroundings – See what fresh perspectives have been captured there!
For more on giving your belongings a voice, have a look at What is the Memory Book?
Just couldn’t seem to get it together in time last week but as the cosmos will have it Across the Bored scored a bonus round for two A Word in your Ear’s Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Mother (part two) AND Love. They triggered this anecdote:
Weekly summer auctions weave a spell of their own with trash and treasure piled deep, all manner of oddments from all sorts of lives thrown together without rhyme or reason. One can spot a thing of beauty or value and fall in love – one man’s junk is another man’s jewel. Antiquers, auction addicts, pickers and their ilk might tell you that they know when a piece talks and is going to go home with them. Lovejoy, the BBC comedy-drama series, had Ian McShane playing just one such character.
Across the Bored spied this frame hidden under a couple of amateur acrylics and knew, on the spot, that it was the one. The print could always be replaced and come Thursday night we bid quite vigorously only to be beaten out by an older man of questionable provenance. We had to let it go. The walk home that evening, empty-handed, was longer than usual and sleep even more fitful. A few days later, at the next week’s inspection, it was revealed that the object of desire had never been picked up and was to be had for half of what it had “gone” for. As can be seen, there was not a moment’s hesitation. The print remains to this day, she is a comforting presence – for some things are just meant to be…
Whatever happened to the art of illustration on packaging? In this day of clips, bits, feeds and sound bites perhaps many eyes cannot fully appreciate the beauty and complexity of labelling that is not generic. Where’s my backpack’s Travel Theme: On Display gives us the perfect forum to change that…
Like magpies, we keep an eye open for treasure and so auctions hold the thrill of surprise for us. There is always something that we missed during viewing that sneaks its way under the hammer and into our hearts. Bidding on box lots is the big kid equivalent of cracker-jacks – you never know what the prize in the bottom may be.