52 Week Challenge: Week 39

WEEK 39: Art: Handmade – Your artistic interpretation should be inspired by another artisan’s handmade work. Literal or interpreted.

This was an easy one, living in a house with so many artistic people. As it was a nice bright day I popped outside and took some shots from my daughter’s large, “Earth Nest” work in the front garden. The three eggs represent the earth, wind and water sitting in the nest that is our planet.. The water egg is broken open to suggest the rising tides associated with global warming.

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~Richard

Long Before Cell Phones

Long before cell phones were available there was a need for teams of individuals to maintain the huge numbers of individual telephone lines that criss-crossed the countryside.

This is an image taken as part of the Farm Security Administration Survey around 1939. I came across it when searching the Library of Congress several months ago and I thought it was such a great shot, showing everyday work, including improvising a safety beam with a tree branch! The original version had quite a few issues with fibers, lines, dust and other marks on it so I spent several hours cleaning up this PD image. When I was finished I also made a black and white version.

I share them both below although I still think the color image is better, as I like the sky and the earth tones of the guys’ clothing. What do you think?

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~Richard

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