Posts Tagged ‘colour


008/2011 pink giant

008/2011 pink giant, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Posankka (a Finnish compound out of ‘possu’, pig and ‘ankka’, duck), a giant hybrid of a plastic duck and a marzipan pig has greeted visitors to our town by the main motorway since 1999. Many people have a love-hate relationship with it. It is huge (just look at the person walking under its tail to get the dimensions!), cartoon-like (the sculptor, Alvar Gullichsen is said to have been influenced by Disney, among others), and rather hideous. But in over 10 years, we have got used to it, and oftentimes don’t even notice it’ when driving past. But today it caught my eye, as it provided at least a tiny hint of colour in the winter whiteness.

I like environmental art, as it easily becomes interactive – both positively and negatively. This pig-duck is dressed in a Santa hat and a red bow around its tail for the Christmas season, children love hugging it, and people test their climbing skills by trying unusual poses on it. One spring, a university students’ prank consisted of arranging a brood of colourful little plastic ducks beside it – the pig-duck had finally given birth! The negative consists of unavoidable graffiti and other dirt that has to be washed away at regular intervals. Naturally, it also gets exposed to the elements, and keeps changing its looks according to the seasons – like today, with its snout and eyes full of snow, poor thing!

Good or bad, environmental art challenges more people to think about art, as it’s more visible than exhibitions inside galleries, only visited by a selected few. This pink giant certainly screams for a reaction, and can’t just be ignored.


#290 book shopping

290/365 book shopping, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A friend recommended a new book for me, and as it’s about India – where I’m going for the second time in a month’s time – I wanted to get it straight away. Especially as I just started a one-week autumn break from school, which means some time for JUST FOR ME.

The book store had a promotion for children, with posters and balloons. It looked really cheerful against the otherwise quite colourless architechture. I purposely shot upwards to avoid all the colourful books further down, which would have distracted the eye from the balloons. I love colour!

What I bought can be seen here. It’s a whodunnit, and the beginning is very promising. Will probably be a page turner for me. I can even stay up all night reading it, as there is no school tomorrow. What luxury!


#252 colour in the market square

I made the most of a warm and sunny afternoon, and went for a long, long walk in town, to capture interesting fronts of buildings for the Daily Shoot. Crossed the market square during my walk, too, and ended up choosing this splash of colour as my picture of the day.

Local apples are at their best. The marketplace was bursting with them, and they gleamed irresistibly in the late afternoon sunshine.


#27 the colour of life

027/365 the colour of life, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Our green lava light gets used a lot in the dead of winter. The bright green bubbles floating up and down have a really calming effect on me. The colour also gives me hope for rebirth again in spring.

Today was particularly dull. A strong wind made the minus 17 degrees in the morning feel extra biting. The tabloids this afternoon had headlines of us being trapped in Siberia till the end of February at least. Dismal! For us, Siberia is the coldest place we could possibly imagine!


#10 light up your face with gladness

010/365 light up your face with gladness, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Today was a dreary day. Our town had been swallowed by a cloud that made everything greyish white, almost colourless. What’s more, I had over 60 essays to mark waiting for me, which didn’t actually help to lift my spirits.

Then, unexpectedly, emptying our recycling bags at the local bin, I noticed something unusual hanging from a tree. What on earth could it be? Somebody had carefully hung this red Christmas ball on a branch by the main road!

It instantly brought a smile on my face, and luckily, thanks to this challenge, I again had my camera with me. Serendipity! The old Nat King Cole song started playing in my mind.

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile


November 2020

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