Repetition

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Today I saw that Hipstamatic is hosting a weekly photo challenge on Instagram to see what its users come up with based on a given theme. (Come to find out, they have a daily challenge as well.) I don’t normally participate in hashtag projects on Instagram, but I don’t utilize Hipstamatic as often as should, either. Also, I liked this week’s theme: repetition.

So I thought I’d give it a try.

My first thought was to head to Laumeier Sculpture Park after work to photograph a certain sculpture that would be a perfect fit for this theme. However, that plan quickly unraveled when I couldn’t find the darn thing. It was 94 degrees and I was too hot and sticky to force the issue. So I improvised.

That place has lots and lots of lovely repetition: sculptural lines…

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…symbols in a Braille exhibit description…

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…rings on an old stump…

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Even a mess of old, dry, identical leaves.

Everything was taken with the Hipstamatic (John S lens, D-Type Plate film) on my iPhone and all were taken with the intent of staying within the theme of Repetition (#hipsta_repetition).

For the most part.

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Of course, being me, I became distracted and started to see other things of interest.

Like this big sculpture dude.

(My favorite photo of the day. My favorite photo in a long time, actually.)

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A lonely path in the woods.

(Loftus lens, Maximus LXIX film, random selection)

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And the long shadows of evening that are starting to come much earlier now.

(Foxy lens, Sugar film, random selection)

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Oddly enough, I didn’t post any of these photos in the Instagram challenge. I actually used the sunflower photo from a few weeks ago. But for me, that really doesn’t matter. I am really grateful for this challenge. It took me out of my normal thought and viewing patterns, forcing me to notice things that I normally wouldn’t.

I can’t wait to see what challenge is next.

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