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Ongoing Fascination with Reflections in Store Windows

The title of this post says it all. Here are some photos I took in Bryn Mawr, PA, in April, 2022.

This first photo shows what looks to be a storage (?) area for the nearby hospital thrift shop. Maybe? Or else it’s someone’s treasure trove open to public view (with a member of the public photographing herself taking a photo as well).

Oh, dear, what a lot going on here.

The city with a chandelier for starlight, I think. Not needed right now in the daytime. But imagine how it would be to look up at the night sky and see this constellation all lit up!

All right, this one is not containing a reflection, but I liked the way the ancient Venetian blinds cut the window into sections. It’s the same shop as in the first photo, from a different window.

My favorite subjects ever – mannequins. I do so love a haughty figure staring disdainfully down at me, wearing chic clothes and a reflected view of the surroundings.

These Are Not Art…But…?

I was out in my garage a while back, taking photos of some paintings (with the door open the light is pretty good for a photo). For some reason the idea struck me to take some photos of various garage scenes using the little macro lens for my phone camera.

I went around snapping pictures. Hey, look some are kind of interesting, I thought. And then I realized I was speaking the words of a blog friend of mine, Dave Whatt, and specifically, a feature he does called This is not art.

OK, maybe these are not art, not even great photos, but I think they are interesting. There is a certain abstract quality to them, a design they didn’t know they had, a pattern or a plan? I’m not being facetious, because I tend to think everything has a voice or meaning, if you listen or look.

So here is a different perspective, at least – Especially since we’re not usually walking around viewing things with macro-lens eyes to see them like this.

What are these scenes? From top to bottom –

  • Coiled orange outdoor extension cord
  • Detail of the top of a metal sawhorse covered with the remnants of past jobs
  • Pencil and ruled edge of a tool my husband uses in making birdhouses
  • Looking down at a pile of shavings left on the table from the above birdhouse-making project.

Well, that’s it!

Random Event

I snapped this photo at the grocery store outdoor cafe. By mistake. Somehow it appeared on my photo list. Well, I liked it and I can’t say why, so I kept it, and now I’m showing it to you. Sometimes things just seem to want to be seen, don’t they?

Yellow Dress

How about this store window scene? I like the bright yellow dress, an outfit putting its best foot forward, and then it can’t get out the door – no one has taken the trash away yet.

And in the second photo, I loved the reflections. A nice bit of yellow in this picture all right.

The Mists Part and Yet the Meaning Does Not Emerge

I took this mysterious image in September 2020 using an app that created double exposures. In real life, I am standing in my garage pointing the phone camera down at the floor (see my shoes?) and photographing the metal legs of a set of sawhorses.

The overlapping image is a pattern of sun and shadow reflected in the nearby window.

Together, they make a mystery. And it all happened in the setting of a suburban garage…

Inadvertant Selfie

Honest. A few weeks ago, this photo appeared in the gallery lineup when I was looking over a set of photos I had just taken. I guess I took this one too, I just didn’t know it.

And yet somehow it has an appeal…so I kept it. How often do you see yourself from this angle? And in a pleasingly blurred way so that your faults are washed away? Think about it.

Dairy Barn on a Misty Morning

Back and November my husband and I were walking in the Norristown Farm Park very early, just after sunrise. It was a misty frosty morning. I took these photos across the fields stretching over to the Dairy Barn complex.

I think you would never know that right behind us, traffic buzzed along busy Germantown Pike, and that a large hospital building is just across the street. No, when I look at this scene, I can imagine a different time when things were quiet here and the only sounds were that of the land that was resting for next spring’s growing season.

Panorama Porch

Back in the fall I took an online pnone photography class and I learned some interesting techniques. One of them concerned taking the panorama feature on my phone and making it do what it didn’t want to do – pan the scene fast.

This action resulted in jerky justapositions in the photos. I really liked the effect. Here is a short one of my front porch. It’s simple, but there is something about it that keeps me looking at it.