Monday, February 5, 2007

WORD PLAY

6 comments:

bridget said...

nice use of the latin language...

Dalissa 365 said...

Very funny! I had to actually look up penumbra on wikipedia to find out what it meant... I am usually the wordsmith in our family... what up with that? I thought for sure you were taking outside shots last night since I kept hearing you go in and out.

Sandie said...

That is a genius idea. Did you just find old stencil letters? I am really curious what inspired this one!! Awesome.

jeff said...

Sandie, aside from the treasures tossed aside in my basement, I have been collecting odd, old rusty, weathered things for years. Mostly for the possibility that they will help me express something in a picture. I found the stencils in an antique store in Quakertown about 10 years ago. I wanted to buy them, but didn't have enough money. To my suprise, Dalissa went back and got them and gave them to me for Christmas. I have been wanting to do something with them for a while, but they have been shelved with most of my ideas for a number of years. With working in black and white, I was thinking about shadows (not an uncommon subject for me), I was going to just do the word shadow at first, but that didn't seem to be enough. After perusing the thesaurus, I found the word penumbra. This worked much better. I liked the definition...An area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree. It is a grey area or area of uncertainty. The root word "umbra" stands for the shadow itself, so it stands separate from the prefix, which is not in the light, or in the shadow. ....Was this too much information? Sorry, I felt like talking.

my15minutes said...

Really clever!

Sandie said...

I am glad you felt like talking. I find I come back to many of your photographs a couple times a day because they do make me think.