Confused Footprints – Theme Week: Oddities (3/8)

Confused Footprints

There is something about the physical representation of the smallest unit of a journey that speaks to me. These confused footprints were painted on the sidewalk in Graz, Austria. I found it odd that they didn’t lead anywhere. Footprints leading nowhere unsettled me, which was probably the artists content. I can’t decide if this represents a single person walking erratically or if it represents three people standing facing each other for some reason. These footprints really caught my attention.

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Lamp Store

Lamp Store

How many times do we go through the day so busy and preoccupied, we miss out on what is going around us? I know there are countless times I have done this and realized it later. To counter this, no matter how busy or distracted I am, I try to take a few minutes to appreciate the sunset, or put away the cell phone and enjoy the company around me, or pull out a physical book or magazine and take time to read. I don’t do this enough, and I am not always successful in my endeavors to slow down, but I try.

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High Hopes

High Hopes

I have mixed feeling about casinos. Growing up near Atlantic City, casinos were always present. I was very excited when I turned 21 so I could finally gamble. I discovered that I love to play blackjack. In fact on my 21st birthday, I won at blackjack and immediately though I had found my calling. A visit a few weeks later a subsequent visit taught me the lesson that the odds are always in the house’s favor. Nevertheless, i do enjoy blackjack. At the same time, I find the very the idea of gambling is sad. And the amount of money that is thrown away is sad.

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Ferry/Baltic Sea

Ferry/Baltic Sea

In the past I have focused on landscape photography and still objects. I am trying to expand my skills and improve photographs of people as well. I used to get very angry when people got in my pictures. The. I read a blog that said that people quite often make a picture more interesting. On this ferry between Germany and Denmark, I was taking pictures of the vastness of the Baltic Sea. There were a lot of people on board and while I waited to get up to the rail, I noticed that this would make for a very interesting picture. You don’t want people in every shot, but it is true that people can make a shot much more interesting.

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