This is a repost.
Apparently I like to personify statues (or mannequins). I think it’s because they don’t actually have a story, so I can give them a story of my choosing. Unless the person that designed/sculpted them gave them a story, which is likely, in which case I am trying to figure out what that story is. And women with good figures are clearly always in love, or hoping for love.
To start, this photo has a romantic, dreamy feel to me, probably due to the coloring and the filtered sunlight. Always a good recipe for love. 🙂 And then her eyes…something in her look tells me that she’s daydreaming about someone. She’s trying to do her carrying-of-the-potted-plant-on-head work, but she’s actually quite distracted by thoughts about a man that she quite fancies. It’s definitely a budding romance, and she is blossoming (had to say it). Possibly still secret. You may add more to her story if you’d like…that’s all that I will post because I could go on for a long time. 🙂
Although this blog is about love, I haven’t posted a photo in a while, so when I saw the weekly photo challenge and that it was love, I thought it would be a good time to figure out another photo to post on here. I posted another one on my other blog, but I’ve been trying to stick to photos that aren’t people on this one, to keep it from being cliche. Also, since the challenge asks for your own interpretation of love, I thought it would be a good idea to pick something challenging.
So, my explanation…
I first considered this photo due to the fact that it has red. Kinda obvious, given that red is generally associated with love, but that was the only obvious part. As I contemplate this photo more and more though, I find more ways that it represents love. If you can’t tell, it’s a photo of shadows (specifically, trees) on a road. To me the shadows, since they show light and dark, represent the light and dark aspects of love; anything contrasting. Love and heartbreak, pleasure and pain. Love isn’t just light; it isn’t just always easy and perfect. There are hard times, there are struggles, there are things you would really rather not have to deal with, but they are there nonetheless. And those things make love sweeter, and more worth having. If this was a picture of a shade-less street, it would be a completely boring photo. Also, the fact that it’s a road represents the fact that love is a journey. It isn’t a one time thing, it isn’t something that happens and then you never have to do anything else. It’s a path you may stumble upon, but once you’re there, you have to choose to stay there. You have to make the effort to continue along that path.
That’s all I have for now. I can’t think of anything for the trees, except maybe mystery and beauty. If you have any other ideas, feel free to contribute. 🙂
I was asked why the ellipsis.
“An ellipsis can also be used to indicate an unfinished thought…the ellipsis can also inspire a feeling of melancholy or longing.”
I use ellipses a lot…I actually can’t write without them very well, if you haven’t noticed by now. I guess my sentences don’t often end, they trail off and then another forms. Ellipses are very much a part of how I process life. In this context, it is a thought, rather than a statement. It is ongoing. I can’t very well state something that I am still learning, experiencing, discovering. It is a continuation. It is an unfinished thought, and anything can be added to it. It is never finished. Basically, love cannot exist for me without the ellipsis.
I’m pretty sure roses are the cliche flower of love, so that one is obvious. However, the not so obvious message of this photo is the fact that the roses are in water. This is one of those where you can take it to mean whatever you’d like, but I do have a couple meanings I was pondering…
Love can drown us. Even this statement can mean many things, but basically, we can be completely overtaken by or immersed in love. That can be good or bad, but highly probably either way.
On the other hand, we need to “get our feet wet” in love. Love is wet, love is messy, love is dangerous, but are we just going to sit and watch everyone else, or are we going to jump in and experience it ourselves? Love is not safe, but love is necessary.
First, I am quite pleased with this photo. It is hard to take photos of Love that are not just people holding hands, to begin with. Also, I shot this while I was in my car, at a stop light, and it had just turned green and there was someone behind me. Normally I take a few shots so I can pick the best one, but this was my one and only. I also did not frame the shot purposefully the way it is. I probably would have preferred it a little different, but I was positive I was not going to get a photo that I liked as much as this one. I’m not trying to brag, I’m trying to point out just how magical this photo was. 🙂
Alright, how this is Love… Mopeds for me always have a little element of love to them. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but maybe because they’re cute, European, and a little romantic. To me at least. They’re like a spring type of love. Cute and innocent and fun. And then of course the spring flowers on the trees…it’s not actually spring yet, but it’s March and it was a sunny day and it may as well have been spring. Spring makes me, and many others, think of love because all the animals are having babies, and it’s such a nice time of year, and the depression of winter is over…it’s just a good time for love. 🙂 And the building, well, it’s brick and awesome and romantic (to me)…I love buildings like this. So this photo is the embodiment of cute, romantic, spring love for me, and you may not get it, but this is my blog after all. 🙂 So happy love-filled spring to you! ❤
I did a series of four photos for a gallery show, for which we got to choose our theme. I of course chose “Love”, with the goal of portraying love without taking photos of people. This turns out to be difficult, in a limited time frame. I ended up with two photos of people, one of a couple holding hands and one of three friends. The third photo was of hearts drawn in concrete while it had been wet. This was the fourth, and my personal favorite, since it is not obviously about love at first glance. It has a story.
This mannequin was in an antique store. She represented love to me from the moment I saw her. Something about the lights pointed toward her…she looks like a performer, in her tu-tu. And as a performer, she is loved by all that watch her performances. However, after it’s all over, she is alone. No one truly loves her. And that is all she really wants. She wants to be loved, and she finds temporary fulfillment in the conditional love she receives from performing, but it is unsatisfying. If someone would love her unconditionally, for who she is, she would not feel alone and she would feel complete. At least this is what she believes (whether that is true or not, we have yet to establish. Hence the research.).
So, that is the story I gave her, or maybe she gave me, and why she represents Love to me.