For previous Thursday’s Special we did trios, and this time I would like you to show pairs in a photograph. You may choose one pair or several, it’s up to you. The deadline is next Wednesday.

My example is a pair of pears 😀



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P.S. I hope you will enjoy this challenge. I will look at your entries next week. 


It’s winter where I am, and with uncomfortably cold and wet weather all I can think of in terms of creativity are some “studio” shots. Here’s an example of low-key still life in black and white. Your theme for this week’s Black and White Sunday is still life – it does not have to bee low-key of course.  I hope that you will have fun answering this prompt. 




Black & White Sunday: Still Life

I’ll start with an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on). With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Graeco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century, and has remained significant since then. Still life gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture.”

It is this aspect of freedom that appealed most to me, to be able to arrange things to my liking and according to my own sense of aesthetics.



This Sunday you are invited to capture a still life according to the above definition, or you can surprise me with an alternative interpretation that can bear the same title.

Be creative, have fun and enjoy your Sunday! (You have time until next Sunday to come up with your responses).



As of this post there won’t be small preview images in the posts for the reasons I voiced in “To Whom It May Concern”. I will still try to honour your submissions by posting a recap of your assembled contributing photos on a separate page (sub-page to Scheduled Challenges). 

Even though I stopped posting little preview images of your entries, my blogger friends never disappoint. Please check out the links bellow to see how others have interpreted still life. Once compiled you will find all the entries in a slideshow here.


B&W Sunday: The Big O Party

This Sunday I was thinking about making some opium poppy tea. 😉

Fancy a cup, anyone?



When I look at a delicate crimson poppy flower I tend to forget that its capsule contains seeds used to produce the most potent analgesic and the most addictive narcotic in the world.

poppiesHere are a few facts about the opium poppy:

  • It was first grown in the western Mediterranean (southern France and Italy) some 4000 years BC, 
  • It is cultivated in some parts of Europe, Latin America, Tasmania, in several countries of Southeast Asia and Latin America, but the only country authorised to produced gum opium is India.
  • The opium poppy was the cause of the 19th century opium wars between England (later France too) and China which resulted in ceding Hong Kong to the British.
  • The principal alkaloid and powerful active ingredient in opium is morphine which has proved to be the the most efficient pain killer ever known.
  • The most potent drug, heroin (from German “heroisch,” which means “heroic, strong”) is produced from morphine.
  • In the language of symbolism the poppy represents Morpheus, the Greek God of dreams.

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