common thread: sharp. by- theStephALA

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when i started to think about “sharp”-what is sharp? what does sharp mean?-the following quote came to my mind again and again…

how sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”  i’m sure you all recognize the quote from king lear.  this line has always stuck with me for some reason  and it inspired this photograph.  seeing as though i did not have a literal serpent on hand i improvised.

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have you ever grated cheese or carrots in such a determined manner that you try to hold on to the smallest stump for as long as you can?  and then inevitably start grating your own finger?  if not, it hurts.

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something can look sharp, sound sharp and feel sharp.  this pin cushion reminds me of the horrible tingling of pins and needles that plagues my legs and feet after sitting awkwardly.  i read in a book that to alleviate pins and needles you are supposed to spit on your finger and draw an “x” over your foot.

i wonder if things can smell or taste sharp as well?


common thread: concave/convex. by- theStephALA

today has been a particularly musical day for me, so, for our concave/convex common thread for tuesday, i decided to showcase the curvature of three different musical instruments.

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can you tell which instruments are in these photos?

convex concave 2

if you know, leave a comment!

convex concave 3

common thread: round. by- theStephALA


i think it is interesting that both adventureclubviral and i decided to take a picture of a wheel/tire.  then again, a wheel may be the quintessential expression of round.  as she so eloquently stated before me, “tire cannot be anything except round.”

20121210-223702.jpgthis time of year, i love walking around town to see holiday decorations.  they look magical, especially with a touch of snow.

round onionas i sliced into this onion this evening, i began to realize just how complex and beautiful onions are.  countless gossamer layers embracing one another.  it brought a tear to my eye.

common thread: round. by- adventureclubviral


enter through the arch. there is so much beauty in arch architecture. at first take, the common thread- round- immediately brought to mind all things that go around. but it is not always so.  with this photo: round is a soft turn and a gentle curve. round is an arch. 


to sit on the edge. there exist many soft edges in this world but when i first think of edge i think of angles and points that meet other points. when i photographed this bench, i tried to capture round as an edge. 



gets you going no matter what. one thing about this photograph of round– is that the subject cannot be compromised and remain functional. unlike a doorway, unlike a bench- a tire cannot be anything except round. it is a complete arch that has to go all the way around and it cannot have any edge to it if you want to get anywhere.