Spring sales are all over town. I knew it would be irritatingly crowded in this department store, with people bumbling around hunting for bargain, totally oblivious of anything or anyone around them. And still I went. The yellow crazy days – ‘hullut päivät’ sale – a regular habit to most of us.
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A group from a partner school in Singapore arrived for an exchange yesterday. The teacher was surprised to see this sign along the road, thinking it was a Hong Kong style restaurant.
A visit revealed a supermarket, a bit like the one-euro/one-dollar/100-yen shops. It is quite typical to keep looking for something familiar in strange surroundings. At least I do it abroad all the time!
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!
This afternoon was spent frantically looking for a graduation dress for our daughter. Here, graduates don’t wear the long gowns as in many other countires, so the choice of dress for girls is most important.
It was lovely going round some little boutiques, where you can still enjoy special, personal service. Sure made a nice change to the serve-yourself chain stores And our search paid off, as we did find a dream creation in this young designer’s place. It’s not often that you get to go to a dressing room like this, is it – and this is only one half of it!
White was today’s Daily Shoot colour:
Go high key today. Make a photograph that’s all bright tones or dominated by white.
I had to do a lot of searching and research about high key photography. A totally new concept for me. One thing I did pick up, was that high key photos are bright and create a happy and joyful feeling. No wonder then that lots of white, lights and bright colours are used in shopping centres. Happy people will buy more! Wouldn’t you just be irresistibly drawn towards this entrance?
I now notice that the bottom part of the pillars can’t quite be differentiated from the overall whiteness – sign of overexposure I guess. Today’s assignment was a real challenge, and made me realize how much I need to work before I can even dream of learning. I know so very little about my camera, all its features and how they will affect the picture. Photography truly teaches the patience and humility required for lifelong learning.
Twice a year – spring and autumn – our biggest department store organizes its ‘crazy days’ (‘hullut päivät’) with 3-5 days of special bargain products. They only have a limited stock of each product, so it’s first come, first served. Sometimes people even fight over the last items!
You can’t miss this in the streets either as their signature yellow plastic bags can be seen everywhere. Some people clearly go crazy quite literally!
Today was filled with numbers. Lots of grading to do, so I spent most of the day with the pocket calculator in my hand adding points and working out percentages. Even the Daily Shoot assignment contained numbers:
Odd or even: Compose an image with an odd or even number of subjects today, and make a photo.
For some reason, this made me think of ‘the odd one out’. That’s why, this children’s trolley caught my eye in the local supermarket, while I was having a short break from grading to do some shopping.
Although ‘odd one out’ usually has a negative connotation – something that doesn’t belong – this trolley must have a very positive use for any family with children. What’s more, it offers a nice splash of colour in the blue and metal conformity.
How could we help our students develop a positive mindset about the odd ones out at our schools? They are too easily just marginalized.