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January 26, 2011

Picture Winter Day 26

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 8:43 pm
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“A Beautiful Mess”

When I first read today’s prompt, I thought it sounded a bit familiar, but then I realized it was looking for something quite different.  “Is there a mess you might consider visiting today that when appreciated for what it really is, can be seen in a new light? It might be a challenge, that’s for sure, but if we’re trying to reframe our lives, there’s no better place to start than our messes.” 

I took this to mean that we should photograph a mess that we can appreciate its reason for being.  Hubby suggested I should shoot his sauce-covered plate in appreciation for the lovely braciole he made for dinner this evening, but I didn’t think that would make a picture anyone would really want to see!  So once again, my thoughts turned to my daughters! LOL!  Daughters-teenagers-messes… wonder how I made that connection? 

I opened Meghan’s dance bag and peered inside.  How could I create a beautiful mess from this?  Here’s my interpretation of the prompt:

                       nifty-fifty, 1/50 sec, f1.8,  +2/3AV

To me, ballet is one of the most beautiful arts.  I envy and admire those ballerinas with perfect balance on the tips of their toes.  Those hard-working toes really give pointe shoes a beating, so I find them to be a most beautiful mess.  And this is only halfway through the dance year!  They will look far worse come June.


  1. Beautiful and messy simultaneously! With your love of ballet it’s a good thing you didn’t have boys!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 26, 2011 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. I’ve often considered myself rather lucky for having girls – I’d much rather go to dance recitals than have to sit through endless soccer games – although that could have happened with girls too of course! If I’d had boys, I would have pushed them toward baseball!

      Comment by Karma — January 27, 2011 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  2. True, that. Someday I have to tell you about Rob the Firefighter wearing skis in the living room. Come to think of it, a whole 5 or 6 years of my life were an enormous mess. A beautiful mess, though. Wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    Comment by Gerry — January 26, 2011 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

    • Only 5 or 6 years of it, Gerry? Hmm, my oldest is turning 16 next month, so let’s see, um, that’d be about 16 years of mess and counting! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 27, 2011 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  3. A perfect capture of beauty AND a mess – well done!! 🙂 Don’t you just love that 50mm?? I am!! 🙂

    Comment by photobyholly — January 27, 2011 @ 8:18 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. I am loving the 50! Getting plenty of mileage out of it.

      Comment by Karma — January 27, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  4. Teenagers = messes is right! You should see Melissa’s room! She insists that it’s an “organized mess” but I just don’t buy it LOL I’d much rather prefer your ballet mess 😉

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 27, 2011 @ 10:32 am | Reply

    • I can imagine Melissa’s room – it is probably fairly similar to Meghan’s and Sarah’s!
      The ballet mess is much nicer, and worthwhile as well.

      Comment by Karma — January 27, 2011 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

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