Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Sole survivors

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON (Image ID: Malaysia2010-3456)


So you're wondering what on earth I've shot here? They're just rubber beach sandals, displayed on a rack at a store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

By shooting really close up and by concentrating on the colours and shapes, there is a semi-abstract quality to the image. Hopefully it's the kind of composition that makes you look closer!

42 comments:

Jinksy said...

It feels like a cross between silk ribbons and plastic sun-blind strips - the mind can't register the textures fast enough...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I see what you mean about the colour - I had to look twice. Very vibrant picture.

CJ xx

Brian Miller said...

just dont blow one out and step on a pop top, after cutting your heel its hard to cruise on back home...smiles.

nice shot david.

Akelamalu said...

Ah, I couldn't make them out until I read what you'd said. Now I see. :)

Leslie: said...

At first I wondered why you'd put up such a summery photo, and then I went "Duh!" It's pouring rain here - a dark and stormy day! Ick! lol

Rajlakshmi said...

beautiful shot :D

imbeingheldhostage said...

What? How did I miss your return? Do you know how excited I was to see you in my reader today? Obviously I should check it a little more often :-} Wonderful photo, so happy to see you.

Hilary said...

I could seem them almost immediately though my first thought was colourful drinking straws. Great perspective.

Maggie May said...

Yes......I got this one straight away.
I like the colours you always shoot. They make very attractive pictures.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Mimi said...

Don't laugh but when I saw the little picture in my reader, I thought they were some weird king of grass!
It's a great picture of an unusual subject

Eddie Bluelights said...

Got this one, unlike the nintendo one the other day.
Combining your last two posts one might say,

"These Flip Flops have been 'soled and eeled' LOL

TechnoBabe said...

Flip flops standing tall. Nice colors.

Betsy said...

flip-flops... I knew it immediately! Sadly, flip flip weather is over for us...for now. ;)

and my word verification is 'chill' :) Brrr.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks, Jinksy - so many colours to concentrate on!

david mcmahon said...

Thanks so much, CJ, I should have bought a pair as well!

david mcmahon said...

Aye, Brian, been there, done that!

david mcmahon said...

Glad you found the description relevant, Akelamalu.

david mcmahon said...

Leslie, funny thing is, it's exactrly the same here. Bucketing with rain, and the temperature has plummeted.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks so much, Rajlakshmi, glad you like the result.

david mcmahon said...

IBHH - how great to see you here. I didn't have time to make a big announcement, so just put my (blogging) toe back in the water gently, after more than a year away!

david mcmahon said...

Yes, Hilary, I can see exactly why that image would pop into anyone's mind.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you, as always, for your kind words, Maggie.

david mcmahon said...

Mimi, I'm not laughing. I can see exactly why you would think that.

david mcmahon said...

Hi Eddie, yes, I should have combined them!

david mcmahon said...

True, TechnoBabe .... you don't normally see 'em displayed that way.

david mcmahon said...

Betsy, ``chill'' is also applicable to our weather at the moment. Spring has vanished, the rain has returned and everyone is back in winter mode!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I thought it was silk ribbons too- in jelly bean colors. It makes for a happy photo.

david mcmahon said...

Nice thought, Joanna - imagine having jelly bean-flavoured flip-flops!

Gaston Studio said...

Congrats on POTW David!

gaelikaa said...

Talk about looking at something from a different angle and creating something new and amazing! A fresh approach is always good. You've proved that again.

ellen abbott said...

Well, David, I'm just now discovering your return. Welcome back.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Made me look closer. I love the colors - and that it is such a simple shot that offer such beauty.

Don said...

Nice semi-abstract!

Land of shimp said...

They are marvelous, what a great shot. Do you know that this is one of the few times I've been able to immediately know the context of perspective shot?

I saw the title of your post over at Hilary's blog (congratulations on the post of the week mention, by the way) and thought, "Oh dear, that is likely something heartbreaking. I don't suppose there's any chance that it's actually a picture of a cobbler's office..."

So I crowed with delight after I clicked the link :-) Take that with you today, you made someone crow in delight. What a nice thing to do for a stranger. Thank you.

david mcmahon said...

Jane, I had no idea about POTW - thanks so much for letting me know.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks so much, Gaelikaa - great to so so many familiar faces of good friends, now that I have returned to BlogLand after more than a year away. Very kind of you.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks, Ellen, for the visit and the huge welcome.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you, Midlife Jobhunter - the very simplicity of the shot was what attracted me to such a close-up.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you very much, Don - it was only possible because of the kindness of the shopkeeper, who allowed me to take the shot.

david mcmahon said...

Land of Shimp, what a generous thing to say - I only just found out about Post of the Day a minute ago, when I replied to Jane's comment. Must go over there and thank Hilary for the honour.

Stephen Baird said...

cool shot david.
you have a keen eye for things that i miss!
nikonsniper steve

King of New York Hacks said...

My first guess would have been , some girls hair from a fare ( hey that rhymes )I picked up in the East Village after a Steam Punk concert...but flip flops was my very next guess...really, it was....or maybe she didn't know where the flip flops were supposed to be worn O_O lol Congrats on POTW ...glad to see you back at the wheel.Peace DM