Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

This week’s photo challenge is Threes.

The Challenger wants us to tell a story with a series of three pictures.

I don’t have a story to tell.

I am going to tell you three fairy tales:Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 051

The first tale in true colors. . . . . . . . . .Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 051E

Then the fairy tale is repeatedΒ  as if it were a painting . . . . . Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 051C

Last of all, the fairy tale is retold in black and white, making it more surreal.

You may say that I am cheating as I am just showing the same image of Trakai castle in the Baltics over and over.

Please forgive this blogger, as he is running out of stories πŸ™‚

69 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

  1. I love it when you add stories to your photos. Being without internet for a month has prevented me from complimenting you on your Mongolian photos. Well done!

    If you are running out of stories it must be time to go on another trip.

    • many thanks for reading my posts and commenting once you have access to the internet again. This year has been exceptionally busy and I haven’t made any trip yet!

    • It was just my lazy way of taking part in the challenge – sometimes you don’t want to spend time to think more deeply or dig through the photo archive. Regards, Michael

  2. Well maybe that’s the castle after the ‘happily ever after,’ where rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White have afternoon tea to take a break from their own domesticated castle lives. Beautiful photos!

    • I was running out of ideas for a three photo series. At first, I even interpreted wrongly to mean showing pictures of three of a kind in them. Regards, Michael

  3. I think your take on the ‘Three’ challenge is very clever and I love these photos in their different formats. Looks like a beautiful fairy tale! I’ve yet to come up with my take on the challenge, later today I hope πŸ™‚

  4. Your picture book story made me think how in youth we see everything in such vivid colours – or sometimes through rose tined glasses, when we’re young but our memories later fade or our life experience will alter our perception over time:

    Full colour treatment: (“Listen Fred, it’s a stunning place, you could just picture yourself riding out into battle with Prince Arthur and his merry knights”).

    Then, in middle years we tend to be a little jaded and fed up, so we are apt to become more critical.

    Natural colour treatment: (“when we went to visit that so-called fairy tale castle in the Baltics, a roof tile fell off and nearly flattened your aunt; shoddy medieval workmanship, that’s what I call it but the tourist brochure insisted it was Gothic and full of old-world charm.”)

    In old age, we start to view things that happened a long time ago as if they happened today, forgetting everything we did this morning quite cheerfully.

    Black and white treatment: “Now when your aunt and I visited that castle in the Baltics, I was only half-way through knitting your father’s swimming trunks. What did you say, dear? Oh, I have no idea what happened to your aunt! Don’t be ridiculous, I never left her standing at the station, did I? Oh dear…where was I? Oh yes, your father hated wearing them, itchy and scratchy woolly things he called them and used to make such a fuss in front of those Baltic girls from our holiday campsite…but believe me, dear, he’d have hated it even more had I not finished knitting them!”)

    • Hi, your writings are so creative – they should have accompanied my 3 photos!
      Yes, we have gone through three phases, a phase with vivid colors when details do matter.
      Then, we become more philosophical and artistic, we would rather like to see things as objects / subjects of Arts.
      In our third phase, we remember things as if they were in a B&W TV series. The colors don’t matter anymore, we are more concerned with the meaning, the style, the texture and the meaning behind them.
      You have the gist of my images! Have a great day πŸ™‚

  5. I will say that you’re not running out of stories. Presenting the same thing, from many angles and perspectives, is key to many visual arts development. It shows you all the possibilities of one object. Just as we’ve read hundreds of fairy tales that are pretty much the same but unique in their own way, we can never see too many angles form one scene.

    • Hi Mr. Scade, You are correct. I was only running out of stories that day for Threes. I was trying to present the castle in different formats. Your comment is appreciated ! Regards, Michael

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