A recent comment made me think about old photos and how they can make you sad, whereas paintings or drawings don’t. I know I experience a bit of melancholy when I see old photographs of people in an antique store. I wonder why they’re there. Did the family no longer care about them, or did they just need the money? I think I don’t want my likeness to be for sale in an antique mall one day.
But why are paintings less sad? I guess it’s because photos are so close to the real thing. That’s why people pose next to cardboard cutouts of the president and take pictures. A painting is heavy canvas or wood, with layers and layers of paint. And they often don’t look like the real thing. Picasso, anyone?
It’s the same concept with movies (moving pictures). I have old movies of my parents and grandparents, and I can’t bear to watch them. It is heartwrenching to see them young and alive. When I was little, I couldn’t for the life of me understand how someone could be dead, because we were watching them in home movies. Maybe that has stuck with me.
I find nothing sad in photos of flowers or architecture or living persons. In fact, a beautiful photograph can make me feel wonderful. I read somewhere that the ability to really appreciate beauty is one of the greatest things a person can possess. I’m truly grateful to have it.
I hope the following photos bring a bit of a smile to your faces…. Ironically, they’re all blue. I picked them before I decided on my topic!
Is this lavender? Probably, but it looks kind of velvety for that.
We took my stepdaughter over to the Jefferson Memorial the other night, and as we were leaving I looked up and saw the moon. It was around 95 degrees and humid, so there’s a lot of haze.
As many times as I’ve seen the Washington Monument, you’d think I’d remember that the stone is two different colors. But it always surprises me. The reason for the color change is an interruption of several years for a lack of funds and the Civil War. It’s the tallest obelisk in the world and the tallest structure made from stone (marble, granite and sandstone).
Thanks for stopping….