From a young age I have always been interested in topical collections. My first memories from childhood include collecting matchbook covers and swizzle sticks. My matchbook covers were usually collected on the streets near home. Swizzle sticks often came from further afield, including vacations with my parents, when we would be served drinks with a swizzle stick for stirring – usually just a Coke for me!
Later on, I started to collect stamps with a common theme. My choice was to collect stamps from around the world that pictured airplanes, which evolved to include rockets and satellites once we entered the space age.
In photography, my first topical collection was based on circles, and I printed many black and white images of circles, which I mounted onto cardstock. Those prints are long gone now. More recently, I have been collecting digital images of front doors during my travels.
Doors can vary in design, size and colour depending where you are in the world. I have included a few images of residential doors that I have discovered and enjoyed in England and Ireland.
Masks have been created and used for thousands of years in many indigenous cultures. They may represent the spirits of ancestors, and were often constructed of native materials such as wood or clay. Two images of masks from Africa and Australia are included in this post.
Sculptures in stone can be almost immortal. The human form was often used to depict gods or other deities. I have chosen two faces of stone that are on display in Paris and in London.
I have been experimenting with techniques to recede the background in order to focus more intensely on the facial features of these masks and faces.
Sometimes I scan through my images in search of a common theme. Today my theme is RED. In keeping with the quote below, here are three sample shades of red, in association with automobiles.
“If one says ‘Red’ – the name of colour – and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.” — Josef Albers