Photo by Jennifer MacNeill, figurine artist and photographer,
posted by Margaret as prompt for Artistic Interpretations challenge
Today at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, we have been prompted by Margaret Bednar to write a poem based on photographs by artist and photographer Jennifer MacNeill. The set of photos Margaret chose were taken in low light, and are from a series entitled "The Collector" — this particular photo is called "Bits and Bobs" — it brings back memories of my childhood. I love the maple leaf just right of centre near the top of the photo.
bits and bobs of this and that,
decorations for a hat,
pins to hold the hat to hair,
and do I see a cameo there?
memories of another era—
infinitely carefully carved
by a sculptor who would starve
before he’d let mistakes get by,
now to his art machines apply
heedless mechanical hands, no eye
to distinguish wrong from right
so some of them are quite a fright!
ahh, the old, the bits and baubles
of another time when trouble
was always taken with the making,
infinite care, and so painstaking.
Kay Davies, December 6, 2013