Lens-Artists Challenge #132 – Striped & Checked

This week, Ann-Christine leads the “Striped and Checked” theme.  She reminds us, “We find Striped and Checked everywhere around us, but maybe this is so common a pattern that we don’t notice it if we don’t go looking for it.” I thought it’d challenging to find photos for this topic. After looking through my photo files, I actually found more than I expected.

Striped is more straight forward and is everywhere. The image below was captured in the Bamboo forest near Kyoto:

Checked is a pattern of modified stripes consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines forming squares. It was hard to resist these beautiful scarves and shawlse. Mixed striped and checked patterns:

Weaving is one of the oldest traditions in the world. Since 2500 BCE. It is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. 

It was so easy to fall in love with Perruvian beautiful and colorful textiles:

Striped and checked of Japanese wood works.

Many thanks to Patti’s emotions theme. It was fun to see how we capture emotions and read stories behind your creative photos.

Ann-Christine’s photos of “Striped and Checke” are beautiful and inspiring-from naturally striped/man-made checks to winter striped/checked. She also introduces the symbolics of the check pattern in different countries. Click here to visit. Looking forward to seeing your creative photos. Please link to Ann-Christine’s original post and don’t forget the Lens-Artists tag.

I will host LAPC #133 next Saturday. 🙂

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #131-Emotions

This week, Patti gives us an opportunity to focus on emotions, “Your choice of subject can influence how your viewers react to it.”, so true.

“If you want to be happy, be.”  –Leo Tolstoy

The image below was taken in Madrid.

On our last day in Spain. Our tour guide arranged five horse carriages for us; it was a nice surprise. We hopped on the carriage taking a last city tour of Sevilla while drinking champagne. A perfect way to end our Spain travel.

“We know that they (Whales) sing, sending musical waves through the deep as they travel in complex family units. We know that they appear stricken with grief when one of them dies. And now we know that the great whales of the world are capable of loving.”  — Renee Knight

Art is not emotion. Art is the medium in which emotion is expressed.

— Nadia Boulanger

Jean-François Millet (1814–75) is known for its movement toward realism and away from the romantic, highly emotional style prevalent in the mid-19th century. Yet, his paintings of peasant everyday life often make viewers cry; his famous “the Angelus” is one of these.

Bringing home the calf born in the fields, c. 1860 by Jean-François Millet:

Patti invites us to share “portraits or street photography that captures people’s feelings, such as happiness, anger, sadness, curiosity, or fear. Or, choose a subject or scene that evokes an emotion in the viewer.” Her beautiful photos tell stories of emotions. Click here to visit. In your post, include a link to Patti’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so that everyone can find your post in the WP Reader. We are looking forward to seeing your interpretation.

Many thanks to Anne Sandler for her “It’s a Small World” challenge. She not only showed   her remarkable macro images, but also taught us the techniques of taking macro and close-up photos.

Ann-Christine will host LAPC #132 next Saturday, January 23rd.


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