Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday Challenge—"simple"

"Simple" turned out to be not that . . . simple.
I thought about it for quite a while, then
looked around the house for inspiration and found
it in the kitchen: These eggs were in my favorite

 bowl, coming to room temp before being hard-boiled.

[To see more of the Thursday Photo Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]


  1. Reminds me of the Japanese mitsutomoe symbol. But I must say, your photo and the mitsutomoe aren’t an eggzact match up.

    I love the contrast in textures: the glaze of the bowl with its variegated colors and reflections. Those two outer and inner red rings completely worn away in places. (There must be a story there in that it is your favorite old bowl). And then there are the eggs with their ostensible single, matte, brilliant white color. Look at how the soft and perfect shadows model the eggs in 3D. How what should be the darkest areas of shadow pick up reflected yellow ochre along the edge as reflected from the bowl or white from other eggs. I also love the blue background. It, along with the orangey bowl texture, creates a complimentary color scheme. The reflected light off to the left picking up splashes of white from the eggs.

    I find myself hearing my own sighs, the kind that I emit when esthetically impressed. In fact, you might call me “Sigh Man.” Tonight I feel downright nursery rhyme-ish: a veritable “Simple Sigh-man.”

    1. Honestly? If there had been only two eggs in that bowl, I probably would have added a third (or taken a fourth out)—just for "looks," but it's nice to know the real (if entirely subconscious) reason. Domo arigatou gozaimasu.

  2. Hari OM
    It is so true is it not, that when asked for simplicity we are faced with our own levels of complexity!!! This ticks the box though - nicely done! YAM xx

  3. Do you prick the blunt end of the egg to prevent it cracking? See what happens when you spin a hard-boiled egg really fast on a smooth surface. Really fast.


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