Saturday, August 08, 2009

Kelp Shadow

A Paradox

A constantly reoccurring theme in my work is often textures and patterns. Evident in last week's SSS post and this one. The old, peeling and cracking paint on the porch of an officer's house in what is now a state park in Port Townsend. This park is Ft. Worden. I was here in 2007.

Cracking paint. Hard leather look of the dried kelp which upon close inspection, has patterns and textures within its skin. Although the life in this kelp is long gone, it still seems to contain motion; frozen in time, but yet the energy is still there. Dancing. Undulating. Reaching out towards-what? Who knows. But therein is the paradox. It is dead, dead, dead. But it looks so alive.

Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

9 comments:

Jacqui said...

That is a great phoograph. I love your description too - I can so imagine that piece of kelp swaying about with the tide.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Paula - love everything about this shot - the chipping paint, the moving kelp and the shadow - great shot this week!

Gina said...

wow..really love this SS..the gnarly piece of kelp against the weathered timber..so beautiful.well done!

Sally in WA said...

That was a cool shadow you captured.

Hey Harriet said...

I love the textures of old peeling and cracked paint! The kelp may be dead dead dead, but you have given it a new life by sharing it with us :)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

A one of a kind shot, Paula. Really looks terrific.

I wonder what kind of botanic is that ended up in the beach?

Happy SSS...

Sweet Repose said...

Boy, I'd love to have a couple of bushels of this powerhouse in my garden mulch!!!

Wonderfully textured shot!

Have a sunny Sunday!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderful photo, beautifully composed and such lovely contrasts in texture!

Linda said...

Wow -- very cool photo -- almost abstract! this is a fav.

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