Saturday, June 21, 2014

Selfie and Room (This week's Photo Hunt themes)


I'm going to be honest here: I groaned out loud and grimaced when I looked through Sandi's Photo Hunt themes and saw selfie in the list -- for as I think many of this blog's visitors know, I'm someone who much prefers to be behind the camera rather than in front of it.  And while I didn't react as negatively to Gattina's choice of Photo Hunt theme for this week, I wasn't all that enamored by it either -- as I tend to do my photographing outdoors rather than inside a room.

But thanks to a visit last month to Kanazawa's 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (which happened to be devoting several of its rooms to displaying works by Leandro Erlich) , I actually have a photo that can be used to combine both these themes!

Firstly though, here's presenting the kind of photo I'm more inclined to take on my travels: i.e., of Puppet Ponyo -- as opposed to myself -- in the aqua (or it is azure? ;b) colored underground room that's part of Leandro Erlich's famous Swimming Pool installation.  And next up is a view of the artist's Invisible Garden in which those peeking into it don't have their images reflected in the windows or are visible through it.

While that may not strike people as unusual, consider this: that from certain angles, one's reflection does become visible -- thus enabling people, like yours truly, to take a selfie from a distance!  Also, thanks to the clever placements of mirrors and such, sometimes the plants inside the garden at the center of the room -- and is an installation that does take up a whole large room on its own -- look the same throughout while from other angles, one can see two different sets of floral arrangements within it!! ;b


Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, it's so wonderful to see both you and puppet Ponyo on one post. That aqua room is so cool and the invisible garden is very cool too. Great take on the two themes.

Have a great weekend.

YTSL said...

Hi Trekcapri --

I thought long and hard before putting that photo of me up. Including Puppet Ponyo in the post makes me feel better... as does reactions like yours. :)

magiceye said...

Lovely takes for the themes! I have not participated in Sandi's Photo Hunt as I do not take selfies!

In reply to your question on my post - It must have been the armoury.

eastcoastlife said...

Ponyo is adorable. :)
I didn't expect you to post a picture of yourself. I was wrong. :D
The invisible garden sounds fun. Playing with mirrors :)

Gattina said...

With selfies I have no problem, I do it with my computer, lol ! I too prefer outdoor pictures and it was a pure coincidence that I took pictures of my painting class room !

YTSL said...

Hi magiceye --

I very seldom take selfies and even then, this is the first time I've posted a photo that reveals so much of myself! Have to also admit that I'm wondering whether to delete this post next week or the week after...

Hi EastCoastLife --

Ponyo is indeed adorable -- am glad you're one more person who thinks that!

Re the invisible garden: I spent quite a bit of time checking it out. Really like what Erlich does art-wise. :)

Hi Gattina --

I've seen quite a few photos of you on your blog. So know you have no problems with selfies. Interesting that you prefer outdoor photos too as I think those on your blog are about half taken indoors. ;)

Hootin' Anni said...

Me too....I'd much rather be behind the camera!!

This is a great idea for selfie!! I don't do I asked a resident guest to take it of himself and he obliged!!

Anne said...

Love that selfie, very cool shot.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I was surprise how hard it was to take a selfie.
Love the window a lease you can look at the world.

Coffee is on

Susan Demeter said...

Very clever take on the themes my friend :) And Puppet Ponyo is adorable :)

YTSL said...

Hi Hootin Anni --

I tried looking in my photos for someone taking a selfie. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one of anyone doing it! Otherwise I, too, would have gone with that option... ;(

Hi Anne --

To be honest, I hadn't intended for it to ever be on this blog... ;b

Hi peppylady --

I've seen photos of selfies taken on a smart phone. Most times, the people look like they're straining ever so hard in those!

Hi Sue --

Thanks, and yay, another person who appreciates Puppet Ponyo! :)

Una said...

oh, I love your photos, I don't even know what to say :)

YTSL said...

Hi Una --

You mean the sight of Puppet Ponyo and me combined left you nearly speechless? ;b

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Great 'Selfie'! This has been a fun photohunt... even for those who don't take selfies ;-)

YTSL said...

Hi Sandi --

Glad you liked the selfie. Have to be honest and say I'm still questioning my having put it up online but ah well, it's (t)here!

Bill said...

Hi Yvonne,

You've posted a ceative Photo Hunt entry. There doesn't seem to be much of the traditional in this aptly named museum. The building itself, the installations, and the visitors themselves, create more of an interactive experience. Your partially concealed self-portrait-reflection adds a touch of fleeting mystery to the surroundings...As for Ponyo, the ageless traveler always looks radiant wherever you choose to pose her. After absorbing the culture of your latest Japan trip, and especially after the dazzling lights of Osaka - to keep her from getting jaded - she probably expects something to equal or surpass this on her next trip - like hiking with her to the top of Mt. Fuji or perhaps taking her to the gilded splendor of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon).


Bill said...


Correction to my previous entry. Should read a "creative" Photo Hunt.


YTSL said...

Hi Bill --

I really did enjoy my visit to Kanazawa's 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art because, as you wrote, it really is the rare art museum where one can interact with the exhibits, etc.

Re Puppet Ponyo: since the recent Japan trip, she's had to make do with a visit to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to check out the Studio Ghibli exhibition there. I think she's begun to have a thing for museums... ;)