Thursday, December 11, 2008

Spoon Fed

How Could I Resist This Colour?

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


You’re in a shopping centre and you’re concentrating on a million things. You’re on a tight schedule. You don’t have time to stop for anything. You know the feeling, right?

But I saw a booth where children could sit and do special sand-art projects. You know the type - you pull a set of stickers off a page to reveal patterns on adhesive paper. You pull one sticker off at a time and trickle coloured sand onto the paper. Because of the sticky surface, the sand adheres immediately. At the finish, the paper is covered with a huge range of striking colours.

This ochre sand caught my eye - and I also liked the fact that the green string attached to the cheap non-gloss spoon was clearly visible as it trailed across the ochre sand.

Suddenly, I wasn’t in THAT much of a hurry. Miraculously, I found time to take a couple of shots.

21 comments:

fishing guy said...

David: I'm glad you made this neat capture of the sand.

spacedlaw said...

A perfect moment when the universe makes allowance. I love these.

Tessa said...

Oh! Colour! Glorious colour.

Jeff B said...

My first impression was a very different type of alphabet soup in a bowl.

Lee said...

LOL Good picture. The color is really interesting and so is the story. I've said it before and I'll say it again, David, you schedule your day in microseconds!

Keep Smiling!

Maggie May said...

At first I thought that a child had been eating spaghetti letters on an orange table cloth & had left a bit of a mess! (There, that is a challenge for you!)
Your beady eyes pick out the most remarkable things!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great picture! I love how you capture the beauty in common things.

ArtSparker said...

If you live in an area with an Indian market, see also the aisles with spice bins...like seeing desert landscapes inside of plastic cases.

CrazyCath said...

Never in too much of a hurry to photograph.
So glad you thing that way. :)

Daryl said...

You say ochre, I say orange, you see sand, I see sugar .. and the word here for verifying could be Spanish: unatio ..
or a uncle sort a

:-Daryl

Bee said...

That rich orange-red is the color of tomato soup. Mmmm Mmmm Good.

Leslie: said...

Oh sand! At first I thought you'd found a stash of paprika!

Craig Glenn said...

Love the subject matter and story. I am learning a lot about photography from following your blog. I am also interested in writing, so I get the best of both from your site.

Thanks,
Craig

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Brings you back to child times, wanna make one?

grrl+dog said...

there is always time for art..see, and you were still present to notice it.

Anndi said...

But did you play?

Sandi McBride said...

Oh and that you took time to take a photo is so shocking to me...yeah right...looks like a lovely bowl of tomato soup, doesn't it?
Sandi

humanobserver said...

gorgeous colour.......

Woman in a Window said...

Funny how the colour of something special can slow you down, isn't it?

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

It's funny the random things that catch our eye. I love it, finding the beauty in everyday items. :)

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Here's what I saw ... it looks as though the spoon has a hole in it and the red sand it being seen through the spoon. Very cool shot!