Transforming Da Vinci

The Adoration of the magi by Leonardo da Vinci has been on display this summer at the Uffizi gallery in Florence. I was able see it in the last few days before the exhibit ended.

 

You can read more about it here, and see it before it was transformed.

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Experimental

When Krista posted the theme of ‘Experimental’, for this weeks photo challenge, I knew I would have a play with an image. I got my first copy of Photoshop at lest twelve year ago and back then I would spend ages trying things out. I never became proficient, perhaps if I’d had some lessons, I might have been good at it.

Now of course there are far easier ways to create with free apps for tablets and phones, my camera has lots of instant and fun settings of its own.

So here’s my entry, edited with Nik free software and then cropped with photoshop elements.

Experimenting is fun, perhaps you’ll join in?

A rounded park life

Walking in the park yesterday morning, I had in mind this weeks photo challenge of ‘Rounded’. At one point I looked down at my feet and saw a round leaf that was so wet it stuck to the the front of my round toed boot. I took a pic but it was desperately dull so don’t worry, I’m not posting it!

But in the afternoon I went to another park, I didn’t have the puppies to worry about,

there were plenty of rounded things to see,

Some of them very cute!

Layers of colour

Wandering through the narrow streets of the Altrarno last week, we came across one of many Florentine paper and book binding shops in the city. My friend makes leather notebooks and Coptic stitch journals and I even help sometimes, and of course I have a passion for stationery, as many of you also do. The shop was fabulous! Chatting to the young woman, we learnt that the shop had been there for more than thirty years, started by her grandfather, but the family tradition went back for around a hundred years. Every surface was piled with pre-stitched signatures of paper, and she was binding legal documents, as they’ve probably been done for century’s. Realising how interested we were, she stopped what she was doing and showed us her marbling process instead.
Layers of colours were poured, splashed, and flicked into a tray with mysterious liquids, we watched, entranced.

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We wanted to buy the sheet we watched her making, sadly it wouldn’t be dry for some time.
This is one she made earlier.

Here she is in her beautiful shop, needless to say we bought some nice things from her. If ever you’re in Florence, pay her a visit at Via Sant’Agostino, near the Ponte Santa Trinita, she’s such a charming lady.

This post is for Ben Huberman’s weekly photo challenge, Layered.

The Butterwalk

A row of former merchants houses and grade 1 listed buildings, the Butterwalk in Dartmouth has been standing since the early 17th century.

The structure features 11 eleven granite piers, originally 13. I’d guess the granite came from Dartmoor. There was some serious bomb damage in 1943, thankfully renovated a few years later.

It’s been ages since I’ve posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge!

Collage, mine not mine

I like collage, the possibilities are endless aren’t they? So when I saw that this weeks photo challenge is collage, it made me smile.

And when I saw this, I also smiled.

The next one, I’ve just created.

And this one is on my wall, I don’t often frame my work, but there was just the right space for it.

My haiku and mixed media that I had a play with.

A shady bunch

I can’t remember what’s going on in this photo. I think some of the figures at the back are shadows on the back of the cabinet they stood in, the weapons are. But they might not all be.

shadowWhat do you think?

To be honest I don’t mind either way, I just like the photo and it looks shadowy to me!

The weekly photo challenge has moved to Wednesdays, no doubt we’ll all get used to it.

Solitude

The theme for this weeks photo challenge is solitude. It can be interpreted in any way you choose, but I didn’t have any ideas. My  photos do show two people who couldn’t be more different though.

solitude-2This soldier was standing guard at the Ataturk Mausoleum, Istanbul. He was as still as a statue, even when I stood beside him. It must be a very strange thing to do, just standing all day without moving a muscle, a kind of internal solitude and yet remaining alert. He may still be there.

solitudeThis elderly lady, was probably glad of a place to sit and relax. It was a warm day, but she’d found her shady spot and seemed quite content in her solitude. There will be lots of photos of solitude at the Daily Post, pop over and visit or join in.

A pretty repurposing

Well I think so anyway.

Krista has found the sweetest little thing to repurpose, totally unique. I hope she stores it safely until next Christmas.

These two bracelets of mine are made from plastic carrier bags and bottles. I don’t know how they’re made, but wish I did, I’d have a try myself. I’ve seen plastics upcycled into many things but none as attractive as this.

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You can join Krista and the Weekly Photo Challenge here.