Chairs – Theme Week: Oddities (7/8)


Dreams are a strange thing. Sometimes happy, sometimes scary, but almost always odd. Because “dreamlike” is something that by definition doesn’t look like reality, I find it hard to capture a dreamlike picture. These chairs – the unusual color, the floating nature – make a very dreamlike impression to me. The way the chairs are positioned also give a sense of motion. They were actually static and fixed on poles, but I like the affect.

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Circle in the Sky – Theme Week: Shapes (1/7)

Circle in the Sky

One suggestion for theme week was shapes. I chose this one because I knew I had enough old material to be able to post quickly. It is interesting to go back and look through so many pictures but view them differently. I have my pictures organized chronologically according to event. But sorting through them for a specific theme was quite an interesting experience and I found a few that surprise me in retrospect. And the shape theme jumps out as obvious even though I didn’t think of it like that before.

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Bank of America Tower

I have always been fascinated by skyscrapers. In fact, some of my first pictures I ever took as a kid were of skyscrapers in Philadelphia. I think it is the drama of a skyline, how humankind has managed to build something so massive, so high. It amazes me how one building can dramatically alter a cityscape – like changes to the Manhattan skyline since 2001 or the addition of the Comcast Tower to the Philadelphia skyline.

For someone who loves skyscrapers, Manhattan is heaven. There have been so many new buildings built over the past few years. On a recent visit to New York City, I was walking at night and passed under the 1,200 ft Bank of America tower – the 4th largest building in NYC. The glass facade is really lit nicely at night. The sky was cloudy and the light was reflecting in a very cool way. I wished I had my camera with me. Thankfully cell phones have pretty good cameras and I was able to get a snapshot.

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I Would Have Been Shot

Brandenburg Gate

Modern German history has fascinated me for a long time. The country has been through so much turmoil, so much change in such a short time. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Berlin, where the scars of the World Wars and Cold War division are still visible – even if they are disappearing. Whenever I am in Berlin near where the Wall stood, I find it hard to fathom that I would have been shot for standing there and taking a picture. Pariser Platz, where this picture was taken, was in the death strip, where the East German border guards had a shoot-to-kill order. A no man’s land after the war, Pariser Platz is now a symbol of a unified and revitalized Berlin, even if a bit of a tourist trap. Continue reading “I Would Have Been Shot”

I Am Refracting Dymond


Welcome! I am a Dymond, my camera refracts, and photography is my passion. Over the past few years, I, like many millions around the world, discovered the joy of photography. When I see other people’s work, I often wonder what the story is behind the picture. As I am getting more serious about my work, I decided to share some thoughts and stories about my photos. I don’t know where this blog adventure will take me, but I hope to have fun and learn from it. I would welcome your comments, questions, and critiques.

This picture was taken on February 13, 2015 at the “Winterlichter” (Winter Lights) exhibit at Luisenpark in Mannheim, Germany. It was an amazing outdoor art exhibit and really brightened up a dark winter night. The Winterlichter exhibit was a nice distraction – and not just from the dreary winter weather. In February, I was going through medical testing, and I was worried about the potential very serious outcome. A few days later I received good news, almost the best possible outcome. With a good diagnosis coming after some dark weeks of testing, the pictures I took that night took on symbolic meaning for me. The surreal nature of the unnatural shapes and colors paired with the trees and park space also appeals to me. A beautiful, although sometimes unsettling image.

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