Monday, October 08, 2007

Baby Torque

Boston Tea Party Is Child's Play

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON

Did I catch your attention with the picture above? The "babies" were all part of a recent Melbourne presentation from The Arts Centre and Experimenta Playground, down at Southbank. They were in big coloured teacups that moved by rotating slowly, with enough momentum to thrill but not swift enough to cause any torque.

It was a free exhibition that lasted four weeks and those who enjoyed the interactive artwork, video installations and short films could donate a gold coin if they wanted to. The teacups were large enough to hold several children and adults and this one (above) caught my attention because it was front-on and the shadow on the concrete was strong in the sunlight and in perfect symmetry on the concrete.

This shot (above) is probably a good depiction of the scene as well, because it shows three teacups in different colours. It was taken about an hour after the other two pictures - and I was just lucky that this trio were in almost-perfect formation.


Dan Mega said...

I'm a little creeped out by these photos. I have no idea why!

Luke said...

Ya, the display seems a little eerie to me as well.

There appears to be a speaker on the baby's diaper in the third picture: was sound coming from the babies themselves?

Luke said...


Almost forgot. I was wanting to ask you something in a slightly less public forum…do you have an email address at which I could contact you?

Poseidon's Muse said...

I'm with the boys on this one...Great pics David, but those 'babies give me the creeps too!

Baby tea? Baby teacup centrifuges? A neonatal Alice in Wonderland themepark? Babes in Saucers? I'm stumped...

By the way...the limerick is posted!


Merisi said...

What, the "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" ride with babies and potties instead of a tea pot? I'd rather go back to Disney World and take a spin there to celebrate my un-birthday! :-)

Seriously, great photos! I'd love to know why the artist took the visual clues from Disney's interpretation of the Carroll novel.

I must confess I rather like the quaint looking cups of the Disney ride in Orlando. ;-)

KaiBlueCreations said...

those are beautiful in form, but disturbingly weird..
PEace, Kai

Mushy said...

Excellent "how to shots" David.

The Egel Nest said...

I love how they have NO eyes...but all HAVE pacifiers...that is funny :)

By the mom, on the phone this evening, was raving about your photography skills on your blog :)

The Egel Nest

david mcmahon said...

G'day Dan,

I found them odd, but in a curious sort of way. I wasn't repulsed - truly!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Luke,

From what the staff member told me, that was something like a virtual ``happiness register''.

And yes, of course you can ask me anything you want. Just drop me your email address here as a comment and I'll reply by email.

(And I'll remove the comment that carries your email address if you want.)

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

G'day Poseidon,

Loved your limerick - s I commented on your site! You did really well, because there ain't many words that rhyme with Sydney!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Merisi,

Very pertinent observation about the Disney-Carroll tie-in.

If I ever see 'em again, I'll ask the question on your behalf!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Kai,

Weird, yes. Without doubt. But they didn't offend me, as a journalist or as a photographer.

They were a great burst of colour.

Enjoyed my visit to your site today.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Mushy,

Thank you kindly, generous sir.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Bradley,

Yes, that's what caught my attention as well. Please tell your Mum I am seriously very humble to hear what she said about my photography.

I am self-taught, after my wife told me a couple of years ago that I had a good eye for photography.

That simple comment started me on my journey ....

Thank you (and your Mum as well) once again

Keep smiling


Melissa said...

I like all the color in the photos. I have to admit, I have never seen anything like that before with babies, just those teacups at DisneyWorld, and we have a ride that comes to the one festival around here called The Strawberry Festival, which is shaped like strawberries.

You always have something that's interesting and unique here! I hope you have a great day David.

Nap Warden said...

The pictures are great, but I think I am in the creepy camp as well...What is a "virtual happiness register"???

Luke said...


Great. You can drop me a line at lukedockeryATgmailDOTcom


*Goddess* said...

Ahh, the teacups were always one of my favorite rides.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Yep, creepy, but well done.