It was rather unusual to find these two bizarre images of the human mouth… both smiling, one with shiny teeth reminding me of a side-show tarot-card, the other more like a clown-like half-mask, but none the less, thought provoking. To a child, it is just a chance to have some fun, but obviously not too much, because after you tease your sister on the way home from school, you drop it on someone's overgrown lawn to be left for some obsessed artist to find, as she photographs it like a valuable artifact.
This curious grouping caught my attention when I saw Goofy lying there. He looks like he was part of a forlorn, stuffed-animal party, and someone brought the spray paint and football for added fun. I felt a bit sad for Goofy, and hoped someone would eventually come to save him before the heavy trash pick up.
Speaking of patterns, I often photograph sewer lids. They have various grid patterns on their surface, and some have been painted by the city, or in some cases by homeowners. I guess they feel it is part of their home's curb appeal. The weathered paint or ornate patterns often creates an interesting affect.
The Beautiful Flowers
They seem to need a category of their own. What can I possibly say to honor these blooms of pure magnificence? Poetry comes closest to what words can do, but being there before one is the only way to experience their true essence… their intoxicating scent, their velvety feel, and the delicate color they emote to the human eye.
I knew this one would not be easy. I see many things that get under my skin, and sometimes bring tears to my eyes. The first would be all the "lost dog" signs posted throughout the neighborhood. I have lost one of my furry family members this way, never to find out what happened to him.
This seems a good place to end, as I have gone far too long trying to fit in as few photographs as possible to cover such a vast subject matter. Hope it brought some strangeness, beauty, and perhaps a bit of sadness... mostly to come away filled with a bit more awe for life.