Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #148 – Spots and Dots

In one sentence, I’d describe myself as indescribable. But, I wouldn’t end it with a period. I’d end it with three dots. – Jason Schwartzman

My intension with this challenge, Spots and Dots, is … that you should have fun with it! But, also recognize and enjoy the different interpretations, meanings and importance of these two little words. Spots and Dots. Because even if they are small…they can make a big difference. In the written language for example.

Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading and writing that bears his name and brings literacy, independence, and productivity to the blind. – Bob Ney

It is said people with brilliant minds are eccentric, and 92-year-old Yayoi Kusama is no exception — she is obsessed with dots. Her dots may appear boring, but she has this incredible ability to create enchanting artwork of many variations with just the dots. I visited one of her exhibitions in Copenhagen some years ago – and totally fell in love with her art.

What about spots then? We all have spots, weak spots, blind spots etc. Here I spotted two quotes that I like – and use:

A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit. – Ivy Compton-Burnett

Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe. – Maria Mitchell

Talking about favourite spots, one of them is my own garden. Found with Forget-me-not spots in the header. And, another favourite spot is Copenhagen with its many attractions. Not least the exhibitions. Only an hour and a half away from my home – but at the moment inaccessible. How I miss the regular summer visit with my friends!

Finally, about connecting dots for an important whole – listen to Ban Ki-moon:

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

Thank you Amy, for last week’s beautiful challenge – Gardens. And thank you all for your lush, soothing and spectacular posts! There were many places to note down for a possible future visit. Hope to see you in this week’s challenge as well – very open for creativity! Don’t forget to link to my original post, and the Lens-Artists tag. Also, stay tuned for next week, when Tina will be your host. Take care and be nice.

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  11. Hi Leya, I’m getting dizzy looking at all your spots! I’m stuck in the room of mirrors and red spots. Some of the folks in here with me seem a little lost, too. Here is my post for this week, just in time for next week’s challenge! 🙂 I hope you’ve had a great week. We started pickle ball lessons – lots of dots in those balls. They look like tennis balls but feel like giant ping pong balls with dots – like whiffle balls maybe. Every muscle in my body hurts except my blogging muscles. 🙂 Have a fun week-end. Oh yes, here’s my link. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/05/20/lapc-148-seeing-dots-in-the-las-vegas-strip-hot-spots/

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  24. I really like how the images with spots don’t overtake the details of the space they inhabit. It becomes less intense as your eyes move over the photos rather than have them overwhelmed.

    I also think the last photo is pleasant in a simple, straightforward manner.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Chair on the Roadside

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  37. Hi Leya

    Excellent point about the Braille system! I cannot favorite that enough, what with vision challenges myself. Your top photo is amazing. Can you imagine what painting that room must have been like? Wow, blown away by that scene. The next two with their polka dots are stunners, too. Your tooic and post are awesome this week!

    Here’s my offering for this week’s challenge:

    Beautiful Great Blue Heron Gets the Point (Memory Lane Nbr 1)

    Best, Babsje

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  43. Kusama’s work is definitely eye-catching and instagram friendly (I can see youngsters doing that in that first photo). African art uses dots very extensively, and they do a lot with it. I’d seen some examples in a gallery in Nairobi: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/paintings-from-nairobi/

    Nice challenge. The pale blue dot is full of swirls and stripes and dots, isn’t it? I took a little of it this week:

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  60. I would love to go to a Yayoi Kusuma exhibit one day. In Los Angeles, we have the Broad Musuem and there they have her Infinity Mirrors Room. I have not gone yet, but would love to one weekend.

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  68. I loved everything about this. The photos were curious and captivating, the words kept me wanting to read more, and the creativity that it inspires us fun. Not sure what I can put together, but we’ll done!!! Donna

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  70. Ann-Christine, I loved your post and the fun challenge. The art installation is spectacular! Anyone who finds it ”boring” is an idiot!!! Thanks for giving us something to smile about this week.

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  72. What an interesting challenge. Definitely one to think about. Yayoi Kusama’s dots are quite amazing. I had not come across her before

  73. This is wonderful, Ann-Christine! I love the cheerfulness of this theme and your wonderful interpretation. I’ll look for Kusama’s work now. It’s fabulous! And take care, too. I know it’s a tough time for you and your family.

    • Thank you, Patti! Glad you liked the theme – and Kusama is special, isn’t she? Yes, times are tough…and we have to see it through.

  74. Now I’m wishing I had named my dog Spot even though he doesn’t have any! This challenge is going to be fun and a ”challenge!” Your examples both in images and words are beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable.

  75. What an interesting challenge this week Ann – Christine! I had vaguely heard of the artist but to see her delightful installations were a treat . Also your closing lines were fantastic, you tied all the ends so well. Another winner!

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  79. Beautiful, darlin! I well remember your visit with Viveka to that art exhibition. Hopefully the challenge will keep you busy this week and help keep the sadness at bay. Much love to you 🤗💕💕

  80. Lots of opportunity for fun here – I love the artist Yayoi’s work but I have never seen it live. And your spring interpretation of spots and dots echoes my feeling every spring that I need to do more images with dots on them. Love this…

  81. What a grand post! Love the dot profusion — and would love to be in one of those installations. But I also love your other connections with spots and the quote by Ban Ki-moon. Couldn’t agree more with his connection ideas. Wonderful delight, this post!

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  83. Hmmmmm.
    ”Now the boys all thought I’d lost my sense
    And telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
    They said, ”Slow down! I see spots!
    The lines on the road just look like dots.””
    –Hot Rod Lincoln by Charlie Ryan, 1955
    To be continued… (three dots!)

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