Shades of Toowoomba

Ludwigs Monday Window 19 September

Over the weekend I visited my daughter in a city in Queensland, Toowoomba. It was also the Floral Festival time so there will be flowers and I did find a number of windows to post later.

Of course I had to get these windows and their wonderful shades. I may have become a bit obsessive in tracking down window shades but some are so lovely, like these don’t you think?

It’s a pity about the safety grills covering the windows but I think the original wooden windows have been replaced with aluminum.

Flat Stacey goes to Sydney

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Journey
Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Toy

This is the story of Flat Stacey. Way back in 2009, a very good friend of mine’s daughter had a school project. Flat Stacey was given to each member of her class and had to write a story about an adventure that Flat Stacey had whilst in their possession.

As I was going to Sydney for work, Harmony asked me if I could take Flat Stacey with me and take some photos She would write a story for her project and use my photos to illustrate her story.

I never did get to see Harmony’s story. A while ago when I was talking to her Mum, Flat Stacey came up in the conversation. She asked if Harmony remembered about Flat Stacey but she didn’t. That little girl is around twenty-three now.

Here is my story of Flat Stacey.

Flat Stacey boarded the plane and headed off to Sydney. Tracey, the Flight Attendant, was very attentive to Flat Stacey as she had never flown before and was a bit nervous

After a while Flat Stacey relaxed enough to look out of the window and marvelled at being so high up and what she could see.

Once we were in Sydney, we checked into the hotel and the staff were so friendly and made sure that Flat Stacey felt at home.

Flat Stacey liked the room and the first thing she did was jump on the bed.

Flat Stacey thought the view from the window into the courtyard was fantastic

On the plane on the way home, Flat Stacey couldn’t stop talking about her first plane flight, staying in a hotel in a big city and meeting so many wonderful people.

Dali and me

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

I have loved the art works of Salvador Dali since I was a teenager. He led me on a path of discovery of Surrealism in art with artists like Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Yves Tanguy and Frieda Kahlo among others.

“The power of Surrealism within visual arts allowed artists to unleash the power of their subconscious mind in order to create artworks of absurd imagery, that were both somewhat amusing and menacing at the same time. This allowed Surrealism artists to create types of contradictions within their paintings that were not previously seen in the art world. What made the movement so revolutionary was that it was not limited to any specific medium or style, rather, it spanned all disciplines that were able to manifest the eerie side of reality.” https://artincontext.org/surrealist-artists/

Whilst in Europe I was lucky enough to visit a couple of Dali galleries, one in Barcelona and his main theatre museum in Figueres, with it’s egg shaped walls.

Inside I was in wonder at the number of art works

Most of the best known, The Persistence of Memory etc were in other galleries around the world. The one that grabbed my attention first as a teenager was Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) so of course when looking for a calendar in 2019 I found a Dali one.

Dali also did quite a number of statues and figurines.

In the museum you enter a gallery level and look down on this sculpture and wonder what it is. Once at ground level you can see the whole idea behind the work.

Of course one of my favourites combines to two things I like, Dali’s art and elephants. I have a framed copy of Swans Reflecting Elephants on my wall

Which brings me to the part about me. For quite a while now I have been contributing to Jez’s Water Water Everywhere by taking photos of reflections in water and turning them into abstracts, perhaps they could be seen as surreal?

One of my favourite things to photograph is nature especially birds. This is combination of water, reflection and a Pelican which is unaltered, just as I saw it. A Surreal Pelican?

Nature does present a chance to see what can be done with a spiders web and imagination

I hope you enjoyed a wander through my thoughts of art and my photos.