Chevy in the rough
Port Stanley, ON, September 2008 [Click to enlarge]
Everything has its prime. When it's new and perfect, it's easy to find a flawless angle. But over time, the world takes its toll. Cars get rusty and dented. Bricks crumble. Skin gets wrinkly. Sadly, it's almost in our nature to look elsewhere.
This red Chevrolet stood out in the parking lot behind Mackie's, an almost-century-old restaurant just off the beach in this cottage/resort town on Lake Erie's northern shore. Our eldest son, Zach, saw it from way off and knew it would make a great photo subject. But as we drew closer, it became apparent that this car had seen better days. I couldn't find a workable composition in between the haphazardly applied bondo, mismatched paint and faded, scuffed chrome. I almost gave up before it dawned on me: Its imperfection is part of the story. That's the beauty.
So this week's Thematic Photographic theme, faded, zooms in on stuff thay may be a little older, a little run down, a little broken, a little humble, a little forgotten. Here's how this weekly photofest works:
- Every Wednesday evening, I post a new Thematic Photographic entry.
- Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is...faded.
- You post a similarly themed image over on your blog.
- You paste a link to your entry in a comment here.
- If you've already posted something that fits (on a blog, Facebook, MySpace, wherever) simply post the link to the existing entry.
- You may post one per day, many per day, one each day of the entire week, whatever suits your fancy. This is all about sharing, so feel free to share to your heart's content!
- Please share this link with friends, too. I want this thing to being photographic happiness to lots of people - and I need your help.
Great theme, Carmi! And a beautiful photo to start us off. The scuffs and scratches are just character. Right?
And the same goes for my photo... the hole is added character.
Ah....there are SO many ways to take this! Here's My Take
Another winner of a theme. Like the way it can be interpreted on so many levels. My interpretations? FADED.
You did a great job capturing a great "part" of this car. I would had never guessed that it was in bad shape as a whole.
That's the job of us photographers, we choose what to include in the frame and what to exclude.
I used an old photo, but it's one that means a lot to me.
Link is here
Thematic Photographic 14 - Voici ma photo
LOVE the theme Carmi and SO timely.
Here's my first post....have another one I will post later tonight when I have some writing time. :) Thank you for this.
i feel like this is a game this week, my photo is a match to yours.
So glad I was introduced to your blog. My entry is Caribbean Lazarus at http://sealaura.blogspot.com/
Carmi, thanks for feeding my addiction to photo challenges ;-)
Great shot Carmi, I love the way you've set the stage for this one.
Faded is such an intriguing theme. I went out shooting today and came back with some great blog fodder.
Here's the first offering:
More Than the Sum of its Parts
Haven't heard from you in forever, mostly because I haven't had time to do anything on here forever.
I have been going home for my lunches lately.
So, how is everything?? Your dad, how is he?
Let me know!
This is going to be a fun theme!
Here is my corrected link:
It is sort of a collaboration with SeaLaura.
seems that my link is not working.
Ok, here is my faded. Thanks for the great themes, Carmi!
I love old cars! I wish you had a full body shot of this one.
I've posted a shot of Tibetan prayer flags in a rather unlikely spot
That's a super photo carmi, it looks like a new car .. I guess the wee dent in the chrome would tell me it's not.
My photo is
Well I shall try and have a go, although Wednesday is a bit crammed at the moment.
My first one is up :)
Here is my second contribution to the theme:
Carmi, another great theme! While I am still posting about the trip on the USS Eisenhower, I just have to insert something "faded" in keeping with the TP this week. Stop by for a look (and don't miss the shots of the air show at sea).
Love this theme. Glad I found your site through Robin...gives me a chance to get back to taking pictures. It's been too long.
I'm late to the party again, but for a different reason this time. "Faded" isn't something I'd normally actively seek out for a subject, so the archives didn't really yield much up that I thought was useful. Of course, I was taking the theme literally, which I think made it tougher than it needed to be. But then I stumbled up on this which I thought fit perfectly. One day perhaps I'll have a day job where my "real" camera won't be out of place. Or perhaps someone will figure out how to put a decent camera in a wireless phone. But in this case, for this theme, perhaps the image quality adds to the photo as much as it detracts from it.
You be the judge.
I thought it was a new car. My entry is about how the old has sparked new developments. Tourists flock to heritage sites after all and hotels get built.
This theme is good. I appreciate it beacuse I grew up with parents that collected antiques. I think I gained a perspective on life knowing about things past. It's good to see where we've been once in a while, I think.
Here is my photo.
I am in! What a fun theme. Here is
Mine's up at last, glad I had something on hand.
Better late than nevah?
A few recent images that came to mind with this week's theme...the second reminds me of one of yours as well :).
I'm back with another look at "faded". And quite a few people have posted since I last checked! I've got some photos to appreciate!
Meanwhile, mine are here:
1. "Faded Blue Jeans"
2. "Retro GE"
This is fun - many, many ways to interpret faded... My 3 year old son is [accidentally] playing along. Mine will be up shortly. http://conversationswithanicelady.blogspot.com/
Installment II is up, too! conversationswithanicelady.blogspot.com
I enjoyed this theme, Carmi. I find I'm taking my camera with me more and more and taking photos of interesting things - because I like them ~ and in hopes they fit a theme of yours in the future :-)
Here are my attempts at this week's theme:
Faded in the Pasture
Okay, I'm going to add one here. The shriveled hand of my aunt is faded by her nearly 96 years on this earth, but she was a mere 5 hours from heaven-bound when it was taken.
The amazing thing is that it was shot with a camera phone.
I have one more faded post to share for this week's TP. This was a fun theme for me as I got to re-visit memories. What's next, Carmi? Can't wait!
Here are two last-minute entries:
Faded hearts and faded glass.
hi there, this is a great idea, i'm not sure how to actually link so ... http://janies-rainy-day.blogspot.com
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