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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Anonymous Chairs

I was thinking of other photographers when I took this picture.

One photographer is Virginia from Birmingham and Paris. I made a comment on one of Virginia's Paris posts that a certain chair seems to be ubiquitous in Paris, "like those awful plastic ones are here."

The other photographer is -K- of LA. The photo I was thinking of is called Card Table in Beverly Hills.

This photo doesn't resemble -K-'s or Virginia's. We could call it an homage to them.

I took the shot in the garden of a place that was beautiful once. It's not beautiful anymore. It's been degraded by time, bad choices and neglect. Problems don't improve when you ignore them.

16 comments:

Latino Heritage said...

Pristine plastic, who'd a thunk it would be possible in that environment. I can almost feel the edges of the leaves.

dive said...

Eww! We have those horrid plastic things here, too, Petrea. For my next vacation I'm heading straight back to Paris to settle my bottom into one of their lovely chairs and partake in a yummy coffee and croissant.

magiceye said...

immortalised chairs!!

lewi14 said...

It's time for a sound cleaning. It could be a wonderful recreation place...

Mister Earl said...

Luckily, my luncheon with Andre ended before the leaves began to fall and the vines grew out.

Jean Spitzer said...

I think it's fascinating in its neglected state.

Petrea said...

LH, I would have expected wrought iron, but no.

Dive, I feel vindicated to hear that there's plastic furniture resting on the old sod.

Magiceye, hello! I hope things are fine in Mumbai.

Steffen, it truly could be a great place.

Truly good fortune, Mister Earl. I'd hate to think of you stuck there, tied to a chair without a laptop.

I agree, Jean. Entropy is one of my favorite things to photograph.

Bellis said...

It's a beautiful photo, very Sleeping Beautyish. The courtiers must have just left the table when they fell asleep somewhere off-camera.

Margaret said...

I am really committed to my believe that problems will go away if I ignore them. So please leave me and my delusions alone.

altadenahiker said...

You can't ignore them? That explains the enigma of kitchen plumbing.

Petrea said...

I picture the off-camera courtiers, lying around in the underbrush like over-turned chairs.

Look, this problem thing is only my opinion. What am I, some kind of authority on problems? Like I know everything about...uh...yeah, that's it. Listen to me, you know what your problem is? I'll tell you what your problem is. Margaret, you are much too funny and talented and Karin, same to you, buddy.

-K- said...

A homage? I've never been homaged before.

Seriously, thanks, Petrea, that's very nice of you.

Btw, did you notice that my "Card Table" photo was posted exactly one year ago today? What a world...

Petrea said...

Puhleeze. You get homaged all the time. But seriously? One year to the day? That must mean something. Maybe? Huh.

Your photo sticks in my mind, K. I don't forget it after all this time. I remember the color and the light. Especially the light.

Dina said...

It's a good image and a good message. I hope it will make a dent on my procrastination problem which is the mother of all unsolved problems.

Petrea said...

Oh, I don't know, Dina. I think procrastination may be the one exception to the rule.

Susan Campisi said...

I can see why -K-'s and Virginia's photos stuck in your mind. Nice homage.

The garden in your photo may have been neglected but something about the vibrant green vines growing over the chairs seem hopeful to me.