Abstracts: Favorite Photos #23, 2011-2015 by Jeff Lindsay
China scenes: Some shots I enjoyed from recent travel and walks in China, Australia, and the U.S. Coupled with a touch of philosophy.
Detail on a building in downtown Melbourne, Australia, May 2013. Regularity and form spread tentacles of order across wild space and time, constraining motion and enforcing hope in spite of emergent fear.
Another view of the building in Melbourne. More tentacles of order, quite lovely .
Detail on a building in downtown Melbourne, Australia, May 2013.
Gargoyle or similar beast on a church in downtown Melbourne. May 2013. May all our beasts be so faithful.
Detail on outer face of an arts center in Menominie, Wisconsin. How much work went into a nonfunctional object that few will ever notice? Life is like that. It's OK.
Mesa, Arizona near a mall, with some structures inspired by Buckminster Fuller. Warped fabrics redefine our connectivity to alternate visions and propel us not just over but through the barriers we impose on ourselves.
Through the looking grass. 2010.
Translucent, fuzzy grass in Appleton, WI. October, 2010.
A start-up battery company in downtown Salt Lake City, 2010. May it start-up even on cold mornings.
Strange ice tracks in a pond by the old Valley Fair mall, Appleton, WI, Feb. 2011. Something cold is always slouching toward Appleton. Here's proof.
Standpipe in downtown Chicago, Illinois. 2011. What it stands for remains a mystery.
Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois, 2012. They kept annoying the onlookers by deliberately tapping on the glass. Some tried to feed annoying children. The Aquarium has installed "do not feed the humans" signs shortly (in written jellyfish script - very difficult to see in the photo), but the signs aren't always obeyed, so be careful.
Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois, 2012. Shortly before the Incident. Still can't talk about it, sorry.
Car repair sign on a wall in Shanghai. Near the sculpture park (Shanghai Sculpture Space) on Huaihai Road, Shanghai, 2012. There's something about repairing cars that brings out the artist in some people, but not all.
Broom and companions, Shanghai, 2012.
Mop, door, and bike. A philosophical reverie exploring the intersections of mobility, transformation, and mopping. And no, they don't take Mastercard.
Charcoal ingots ready for slow burning by street vendors. Shanghai, 2012.
Door and graffiti. Here I ponder the transience of impersonal spaces and the latent desire to label that which can only be partially comprehended.
Female tourist on glowing steps near the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, 2012. A subtle expression of post-modernist hostility toward formlessness, manifest through the insistence of regularity in light and space.
A tree and its mop, with foreigners infringing its space. A silent paean reminding us of the unspoken needs of other lives, including those with speckled bark.
Mops and laundry. Who is the washer and who is the washed?
Sinister door knob and potential victim. Fortunately, a photographer was there to prevent tragedy.