Many of you regularly participate in Lens-Artists Challenges, and I enjoy reading those posts and seeing how you interpret the weekly theme. I myself don’t participate in them mainly because photography’s not really my thing but also because the thought of combing through a million photos on the computer to find not one, but several “just right” pictures would probably drive me to right over the edge.
Then again, it could be that pandemic confinement has already sent me to the loony bin, for you see, I’ve recently created and participated in my own Lens-Artists Challenge. It’s called Woodwork Weirdness and involves finding pictures within the wood-grained walls in the two rooms of our house that are unfortunate enough to have paneling.*
*That’s an unfair slight against my home. One small room has floor-to-ceiling paneling which makes it feel cozy and cabin-like. The other room has waist-high wainscoting that actually is quite fetching. (But still, I’m glad neither room is in the main living area.)
Anyway, you know how people lie on the grass in summer and try to find shapes in the clouds (or, perhaps more aptly, you know how people are administered the Rorschach Inkblot test to see if they’ve gone bonkers)? Well, lately I’ve begun to notice weird and wonderful shapes made by the knots and grain in the woodwork. Check out these pictures and see if you agree. A few have been rotated to better show the image I had in mind. If you’d like to try to see what you can see before learning what I see, don’t scroll past the caption. My interpretation is just below it. Please do share your observations in the comments section. I’ve numbered the 13 pictures for easier commenting. Just reference the number. Viewer participation encouraged!
- Cross-section of slightly-shriveled mushroom
2. Alien face
3. Portly man running, arms raised
4. Camel smiling and smoking marijuana
5. Boy on left scratching under chin of dog on right
6. Pointy-beaked bird in flight
7. Aggressive carnivorous dinosaur face in profile
8. Torso-to-kneecap x-ray of one-legged man
9. Chubby horned sheep, coming head-on
10. Human in the midst of early morning stretch
11. Cockatoo face in profile
12. Propeller airplane, circa WWII
13. Jellyfish with twisted tentacles
So what do you think?
Have I gone mad?