P52:4 | Sign of the Times

May it be a light for you in the dark places of the world, when all other lights go out.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

It’s Wednesday! Time for another installment of the 2015 P52. This week’s theme was Sign of the Times. We were supposed to photograph something whose days are numbered, so to speak. Something that, 10-20 years from now, we expect to be obsolete or vanished.

I grew up in the 70s & 80s, & I’ve seen a few things fall by the wayside. Remember when music stores were full of vinyl albums & cassette tapes? I do. I remember the days of one phone for the whole household, attached to the wall, with a rotary dial that tick-tick-ticked its way back to start after each number. I remember 3 channels on the television, & my dad walking over to whack it on its top when the picture would start to roll. I also remember the billboards along the highway informing (or warning?) us that The information superhighway is coming! The what? Oh, the times they are a-changin’. Always.

I thought about this theme all week. Printed books, newspapers, CDs, checkboooks…several things came to mind, but nothing struck a creative spark. Not until I was straightening the kitchen on Monday & saw a light bulb sitting on the counter where my husband had left it & never put it away. I immediately had the idea for this image.

Incandescent bulbs are slowly being edged out by the more environmentally friendly LEDs & fluorescents, but I still love the warm glow of incandescent bulbs best, & I will miss them if they do become obsolete.

My daughter, as usual, was willing to help me out with a photo project, & she was pretty excited to see the end product. How did you do that?!? Even her brother was pretty impressed. We tried to convince him that she is magic, that all she did was hold out the bulb & say Lumos! but he wasn’t buying it. I was just excited that the end product looked exactly as I had it pictured.

Next on the blog circle is Kristy Wolfe. Thanks for stopping by!

(This is a composite of 2 images, both shot with the
Canon 5D Mark II & Canon 24-70 2.8L)

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