I just realized that it’s been way too long since I’ve written anything new for my site.
I almost immediately came into another insight: that these posts don’t always have to be deep, highly meaningful, or necessarily educational.
As long as they say something about my life as an artist and a photographer, they have a place in this blog.
So I’ll try to make these updates less scarce, and some are going to be extremely short; like this one, now:
A day or two ago I opened the refrigerator and noticed a box way back in a corner.
I don’t remember it. Wonder how long it’s been there & what it could contain?
Saw a 3×3″ cube of greenish-grey velvet. What the…!? A leftover piece of casserole from… when?!? Covered (and I mean covered!) with mould.
Obviously – straight to the trash!
Then I stopped my hand in mid-motion.
The grey-green fungus was mottled with white, turquoise, a bit of blue; droplets of moisture. The topography was picturesque.
Hmmm… Quite beautiful, actually. The colors, the textures… Definitely interesting. Worth a few well-planned clicks of the shutter. (For the less initiated, that means – a few photographs.)
I began with some straightforward photos of the terrain; continued with angles and effects that showed themselves as I worked.
To make a long story short -
As I do every so often, I gave the would-be-garbage a second life as a model for my art (and then sent it to its final resting place in the trash can… ).
Was it worth my time and effort? Was the “model” worthy of posterity?
Here are two results from the session.
You be the judge.
If you want to see two more, go to “Hot from the Oven“.
The only problem I was left with was the name of this post.
My first thought was
Stale Leftovers, Anyone?
But that didn’t sound like something anyone would want to read…
So, some other options I thought of, were:
Secret Life in the Fridge
Beauty in a Box
Fascinating Fungus or Fantastic Fungus
As you can see, I chose to go with plain “Hidden Life”.
Now that I’m writing these lines, it dawns on me: What if I’d left the box in the fridge for a few more months? What surprises would I find then?
Oh, well; maybe next time…
And till we meet again -
Best wishes, and -
Keep looking for the beauty and light that are everywhere!