Thursday, February 11, 2010

mirror in the bathroom

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.
Louisa May Alcott (1932-1888) writer, feminist, and abolitionist

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) poet, novelist and dramatist

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) novelist & short story writer

Time and reflection change the sight little by little 'till we come to understand.

Paul C├ęzanne (1839-1906) artist and post-impressionist painter

Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.
Mark Kurlansky (b. 1948) journalist and author of non-fiction books

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.

Le Corbusier (1887-1965) architect and city planner

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) novelist

Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971)legendary fashion designer

Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) novelist, essayist and critic, 1835-1902

notes on photos:
  1. do you think that the first "mirror" was a calm body of water? one of the lakes in a string of lakes collectively known as shaker lakes in shaker heights, ohio. november 2008.
  2. mirrors at the dance school where ms. t took ballet lessons - since january ms t has not been taking ballet. one does not want to over-schedule young children; for now ms t is enjoying swimming lessons and soccer and trying to figure out whether she's made for ballet or not. september 2009.
  3. self portrait as reflected in cleveland artist anna arnold's mirrored glasses. september 2009
  4. fractured self portrait, mosaic at avam, baltimore, maryland. august 2009
  5. staff meeting before dinner at artisanal bistro, new york city. march 2009
  6. building as mirror, new york city.
  7. a small nook of memory to my godmother, aunt mary, objects include aunt mary's mirror and brush set, her hair dryer, and a wedding photo of mary and john. memory 'altar' at mary's daughter suzi's home, pennsylvania, may 2008
  8. my mother rita and her maid of honor on rita's wedding day. I had contemplated using this for an upcoming sepia saturday, but this week's theme makes it a perfect fit. by the way, this mirror and dressing table now resides at my daughter's home so it is still reflecting visions of loveliness every day! photographer unknown, harwood mines, pennsylvania, 31 march 1951
  9. I have a habit of taking self portraits in various bathroom mirrors (what's with that?) above is my favorite bathroom mirror self portrait, to the right, perhaps my second favorite. some mouse readers have asked what kind of camera I use, well now you know - that is if you can read mirror writing! above, women's bathroom, barking spider tavern, cleveland, january 2008; right, t & r's bathroom april 2009.

the beat (aka the english beat) performing their 1979 ska-pop-punk hit single mirror in the bathroom


e said...

Lovely reflections on the theme, Mouse! Happy TT!

rosedale's 4head said...

Oh my! These are incredible!!! I love the ballerinas, Jenn was one for about a year. The photo of colorful trees over water is breath-taking. Lovelylovelylovely!!!

Tom said...

i never thought of carrying my camera into the bathroom!

Anonymous said...

I am engrossed by the first photo here! And hope to run across a book of Goethe, one of these days...fantastic theme take, kimy!! :)

Monica said...

That was a fun and eclectic trip!

Alan Burnett said...

Great post. A classic Mouse Medicine post which means, of course, a great post.

Brian Miller said...

very nice...i like the sunglasses and the mosaic wall...each one kept getting better though. great tt post!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Great collection, as always. Happy TT. -J

Roy said...

I love that first shot! Although that mirror mosaic comes in a close second. And we picked the same video! Great minds and all that...

Kat Mortensen said...

The shot of the restaurant reminds me of that movie, "Big Night".

Great self-portrait revealed. You remind me of Joni Mitchell.

And last, but not least, that English Beat song? I must have danced my face off to that a million times!

edward said...

i will reflect on this post after a nap.

Eberle said...

I am coming to love visiting your blog, now that I'm getting more used to wandering around blogland - it's a well of refreshment.

Louisa May Alcott is an inspiring figure in many ways - I have a photo-postcard of her on my desk with a quote of hers sent to me by a friend: "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."

I love your portrait of the dressing table with your godmother's things - dressing tables are fascinating, especially ones of previous generations, windows into an unspoken but complex landscape - the place where our ancestresses looked at themselves, kept their treasures. Thanks!

ArtSparker said...

Turns the monitor into a mirror.

California Girl said...

I used to love to take photographs of myself in the bathroom mirror. What a scream! I am happy to know I'm not the only one.

I adore the ballet shot of the little girls. So sweet.

And, yes, I think a calm body of water was indeed the first mirror.

Stephanie said...

I like your self portrait. What is with that taking sefl portraits in strange bathrooms??

Nanc Twop said...

loved your photos!

And that Goethe quote?...

I have that on my desk.

(and quote)A... ;-)

Unknown said...

Great pix & quotes as always, but that Goethe quote will have me pondering it for some time--wonderful!

The English Beat sure were fun, weren't they?

Leah said...

The Butler quote is so absolutely true. These are fantastic, all of them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for each one of these... the photos are an instant transport to other times and places: the best reflections of all.

Sometimes, the best mirror I’ve got is the look in my daughter’s eyes.

Betsy Brock said...

well, the ballerinas are very sweet...but I like the self portrait best! :)

karen said...

Thanks for the looky see on the camera. I also enjoyed the Butler quote. And of course...your photos are so good. The fall tree reflection my favorite.
Thanks Kimy
Have a happy Friday.

JeffScape said...

That sunglasses photo is priceless.

Baino said...

Totally gorgeous but the little ballerina's definitely stole my heart. How cute are they? I use a Canon as well, what's the lens? 87mm? I carry my camera everywhere but unfortunately the weather has conspired against me lately. Seems to have been pouring every weekend! Have a good one Kim!

Unknown said...

Brilliant and I love the quotations!

Mine is here

(means WISHING YOU PROSPERITY! in Mandarin, Chinese)


37paddington said...

such beautiful pictures and sentiments! i particularly love the one of your mom on her wedding day, and the dresser with the implements of self care.

lettuce said...

love the 4th picture, broken reflections are so fascinating

and of course the last, cos its you!
happy valentines